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Turkish textile manufacturers wait for ITM 2021 Exhibition (c) ITM
10.12.2020

Turkish textile manufacturers wait for ITM 2021 Exhibition to expand their investments

The Turkish textile industry, which continues its exports and investments without slowing down despite the devastating pandemic, once again proved its strength, especially in this period. ITM 2021 Exhibition, which will be held in Istanbul between 22 and 26 June 2021, will provide a great advantage to companies that desire to expand their investments and introduce their brand new technologies.

The Turkish textile industry, which continues its exports and investments without slowing down despite the devastating pandemic, once again proved its strength, especially in this period. ITM 2021 Exhibition, which will be held in Istanbul between 22 and 26 June 2021, will provide a great advantage to companies that desire to expand their investments and introduce their brand new technologies.

Although there were slowdowns in the textile industry in April and May this year due to the troublesome coronavirus pandemic , the Turkish textile industry succeeded a big breakthrough with the removal of restrictions in June, thanks to both its textile production infrastructure and international exports capacity. The exports of the textile and raw materials sector increased and the companies turned to new investments. While many local companies enlarged their facilities, some of them made new investment decisions. For example, while a giant hygienic and medical fabric production facility was invested in Çorlu, another Turkish company, a global brand in textile machinery production, decided to invest 40 million Turkish Lira. Gaziantep-based spunbond and meltblown nonwoven manufacturer company added two new meltblown lines to its operations. Another company also began to invest in the production of raw materials that they import. This investment activity in Turkey, where is a manufacturing base of European customers whet the appetite of international investors. One of South Korea's largest conglomerates has rolled up its sleeves for an investment of 430 million US Dollars in Çerkezköy. Due to the investments, the purchase of textile machinery increased by 37.1 percent in the first nine months of 2020 amounting to over 1 billion US Dollars.

The Accurate Address for Investment Decisions: ITM 2021 Exhibition
Although the companies took advantage of the pandemic period as an opportunity and continued their investments, many of them are waiting for the ITM 2021 Exhibition for large machinery purchases. ITM 2021 Exhibition, which will be held between 22 and 26 June 2021 at Istanbul Tüyap Fair and Congress Center, will gather thousands of participating companies and visitors under one roof. The company officials, who will have the opportunity to observe the latest technological products to be exhibited by the international and domestic exhibitors, will direct their investments by meeting with the experts of the sector. The machines produced for technical textiles, which became even more important during the devastating pandemic period, will attract the attention of visitors. Thanks to the machinery purchases and business partnerships of both domestic and international companies, there will be great dynamism in the textile industry and the national economy.

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ITM

Oerlikon: Meltblown und Spunbond (c) Oerlikon
19.11.2020

Oerlikon: Meltblown and Spunbond technologies

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the worldwide demand for protective masks and apparel has resulted in a record number of new orders in the high double-digit millions of euros at Oerlikon Nonwoven. The meltblown technology from Neumünster is recognized by the market as being one of the technically most efficient methods for producing highly-separating filter media made from plastic fibers.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the worldwide demand for protective masks and apparel has resulted in a record number of new orders in the high double-digit millions of euros at Oerlikon Nonwoven. The meltblown technology from Neumünster is recognized by the market as being one of the technically most efficient methods for producing highly-separating filter media made from plastic fibers.

Protective equipment demands high-end nonwoven products
The rising demand for protective masks and other medical protective equipment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated global ramping up of production capacities has also resulted in an increase in the demand for nonwovens for the production thereof. Initially, this resulted in bottlenecks in the provision of meltblown filter nonwovens. To this end, there had until this point be very few producers of medical filter nonwovens outside China. Meanwhile, the demand for spunbond systems is also rising. “Due to the structure of our group, we are in the fortunate position to swiftly reallocate and free up our production capacities. This means that we are able to relatively quickly deliver not only meltblown systems, but also spunbond equipment”, explains Dr. Ingo Mählmann, Head of Sales & Marketing at Oerlikon Nonwoven, talking about the positive situation at the company.

The capacities for respiratory masks available in Europe to date are predominantly manufactured on Oerlikon Nonwoven systems. “Our machines and systems for manufacturing manmade fiber and nonwovens solutions enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the world. Ever more manufacturers in the most diverse countries are hoping to become independent of imports”, comments Dr. Mählmann. The Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown systems are being delivered to Germany, China, Turkey, United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy, France, North America and – for the very first time – to Australia until well into 2021.

Quality and efficiency in demand
Depending on the purpose of the application, medical PPE (personal protection equipment) should be breathable and comfortable to wear, protect medical staff against viruses, bacteria and other harmful substances and form a barrier against liquids. For these reasons, they are often made of either pure spunbond or of spunbond-meltblown combinations. Here, the meltblown nonwoven core assumes the barrier or filter task, while the spunbond has to retain its shape, while being tear-resistant, abrasion-proof, absorbent, particularly flame-resistant and nevertheless extremely soft on the skin.

All masks are not created equal – thanks to the ecuTEC+
Protection against infections such as coronavirus can only be guaranteed with the right quality.

The nonwovens can be electrostatically-charged in order to further improve the filter performance without additionally increasing breathing resistance. Here, Oerlikon Nonwovenʼs patented ecuTEC+ electro-charging unit excels in terms of its extreme flexibility. Nonwovens manufacturers can freely choose between numerous variation options and set the optimal charging method and intensity for their specific applications. In this way, even the smallest particles are still attracted and reliable separated by a relatively open-pored nonwoven. Nevertheless, mask wearers are still able to easily breathe in and out due to the comparatively loose formation of the fibers. To this end, it comes as no surprise that all meltblown systems currently destined for the production of mask nonwovens are equipped with the ecuTEC+ unit.

Oerlikon: (c) Oerlikon
v.l.n.r. Jochen Adler, Ralf Morgenroth, Markus Reichwein, Matthias Schmitz
15.10.2020

Oerlikon Experten teilen ihr Know-how online

Um den Know-how- und Technologietransfer in Zeiten der Corona Pandemie weiterhin sicherzustellen, startet das Segment Manmade Fibers des Schweizer Oerlikon Konzerns ab November seine neue Webinar Serie. In den bis Ende 2020 zunächst geplanten vier interessanten Technologievorträgen in englischer Sprache werden aktuelle Trends bei der Produktion von Chemiefasern betrachtet sowie Oerlikons Lösungen dazu präsentiert und mit den Teilnehmern diskutiert. Eine Fortsetzung der Webinar Serie für 2021 ist bereits in Arbeit.

Um den Know-how- und Technologietransfer in Zeiten der Corona Pandemie weiterhin sicherzustellen, startet das Segment Manmade Fibers des Schweizer Oerlikon Konzerns ab November seine neue Webinar Serie. In den bis Ende 2020 zunächst geplanten vier interessanten Technologievorträgen in englischer Sprache werden aktuelle Trends bei der Produktion von Chemiefasern betrachtet sowie Oerlikons Lösungen dazu präsentiert und mit den Teilnehmern diskutiert. Eine Fortsetzung der Webinar Serie für 2021 ist bereits in Arbeit.

  • Factory know-how from a single source – A boost for your efficiency
    4. November 2020: 11:00-11:45h CET
    Redner: Jochen Adler, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers CTO*
  • VarioFil – Your compact spinning solution
    11. November 2020: 11:00-11:45h CET
    Redner: Ralf Morgenroth, Head of Engineering Textile Machinery BB Engineering (BBE)*
  • Green Technologies – Join us on the road to a sustainable fiber industry
    2. December 2020: 11:00-11:45h CET
    Redner: Markus Reichwein, Head of Product Management Oerlikon Manmade Fibers*
  • VacuFil – Your future upcycling plant, from waste to value
    9. December 2020: 11:00-11:45h CET
    Redner: Matthias Schmitz, Head of Engineering Recycling Technology, BB Engineering (BBE)*

 

*Weitere Informationen im Anhang

 

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Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG

Coating expertise brings sustainable comfort and convenience to the face mask (c) A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
The masks are based on 100% woven cotton and the active ingredients in the finish are a reaction mass of titanium dioxide and silver chloride
21.09.2020

Coating expertise brings sustainable comfort and convenience to the face mask

  • Gorilla Protect is a new company formed in May this year to promote the Catus face mask – a major leap forward in the effectiveness of personal protection products that are available to consumers in the fight against Covid-19.
  • Behind Catus and the new company is Nova Textil, the established fabric finishing company based in Grefrath, Germany, and now run by father and son team Rainer and Oliver Hurtz.

Single stenter

Rainer Hurtz founded Nova Textil with a single Monforts Montex stenter and just five employees in 1999 and has steered its constant development and growth over the past twenty years.

“Our initial focus was on the coating of mainly glass fibre fabrics, awnings and sun protection products for outdoor furnishings,” he said. “We had a great customer who was providing us with so many orders that by 2005 we took the decision to order a second Montex stenter, in a special configuration. This also allowed us to enter the market for blackout and digital printing fabrics. We’ve had a great ongoing relationship with Monforts from the beginning.”

  • Gorilla Protect is a new company formed in May this year to promote the Catus face mask – a major leap forward in the effectiveness of personal protection products that are available to consumers in the fight against Covid-19.
  • Behind Catus and the new company is Nova Textil, the established fabric finishing company based in Grefrath, Germany, and now run by father and son team Rainer and Oliver Hurtz.

Single stenter

Rainer Hurtz founded Nova Textil with a single Monforts Montex stenter and just five employees in 1999 and has steered its constant development and growth over the past twenty years.

“Our initial focus was on the coating of mainly glass fibre fabrics, awnings and sun protection products for outdoor furnishings,” he said. “We had a great customer who was providing us with so many orders that by 2005 we took the decision to order a second Montex stenter, in a special configuration. This also allowed us to enter the market for blackout and digital printing fabrics. We’ve had a great ongoing relationship with Monforts from the beginning.”

A third Montex stenter line was installed at the company’s Grefrath plant in 2015, by which time the company had grown to 40 people and a major new market had opened up in the supply of fabrics for promotional materials at exhibitions and trade shows.

“We had a fantastic two years in 2018 and 2019 and everything was going great for the first three months of this year, but in April it all came crashing down,” said Oliver Hurtz. “Coronavirus put an end to trade shows in 2020, which had a very serious impact on our business.”

At the same time, however, the company was exploring the potential of a new biocidal product from one of its chemicals suppliers which has both antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Filtration

“We had already been producing coated fabrics for hot gas filtration and realised that in combination with this new microporous coating we had the basis for a very effective single-layer face mask,” Rainer said. “Achieving this with a single layer product rather than the usual three has resulted in a significant advance in comfort for the wearer and because the mask is able to disinfect itself and helps regulate humidity, it can be worn a number of times without needing to be washed, for greater convenience. It only needs to be washed when it gets dirty and can also be washed up to twenty times without losing its properties, which has to be preferable to single-use disposables.”

Catus face masks are based on 100% woven cotton and the active ingredients in the finish are a reaction mass of titanium dioxide and silver chloride certified to ISO 20743 for their antibacterial effect, and to ISO 18184 for their antiviral effect.

They are proven to  eliminate over  99.99% of the human coronavirus 229 E, with the multiplication of microorganisms such as germs and bacteria prevented by the biostatic action of silver salts and viruses destroyed by oxygen-releasing substances and a mechanism that attacks their fatty envelope. The virus membrane loses its cholesterol content and the virus is inactivated.

Colours

Gorilla Protect next plans to make the masks available in four colours – black, Bordeaux, olive and grey – and is also working on colour branding and printing labels.

“It’s not possible to print on the surface of the mask after it has been coated, but its is possible for volume orders to be printed before the treatment,” Oliver Hurtz said.

“Face masks are going to become an established part of life in the West like they are in Asia and need to be as comfortable and convenient as possible for the wearer,” his father concluded. “With these things in mind, we believe Catus is a significant step forward.”

Oerlikon: Three staple fiber bicomponent systems successfully commissioned in Asia (c) Oerlikon Neumag
Oerlikon Neumag staple fiber plants stand for highest product quality and absolute reliability.
27.08.2020

Oerlikon: Three staple fiber bicomponent systems successfully commissioned in Asia

Neumünster – Oerlikon Neumag has successfully commissioned three staple fiber bicomponent systems in China. With capacities of 50 tons per day each, the systems are being used to manufacture coresheath bicomponent fibers made from PP/PE or PET/PE at two long-standing Oerlikon Manmade Fibers customers. These fibers are used to make hygiene products.

Oerlikon Neumag staple fiber technology still in demand

Despite coronavirus-related restrictions, the three new systems were installed within three and five months, all without any problems. They have meanwhile been operating under stable production conditions with optimum fiber quality of the very highest standards for several weeks now.

Many years of experience in bi-component spinning

Neumünster – Oerlikon Neumag has successfully commissioned three staple fiber bicomponent systems in China. With capacities of 50 tons per day each, the systems are being used to manufacture coresheath bicomponent fibers made from PP/PE or PET/PE at two long-standing Oerlikon Manmade Fibers customers. These fibers are used to make hygiene products.

Oerlikon Neumag staple fiber technology still in demand

Despite coronavirus-related restrictions, the three new systems were installed within three and five months, all without any problems. They have meanwhile been operating under stable production conditions with optimum fiber quality of the very highest standards for several weeks now.

Many years of experience in bi-component spinning

Oerlikon Neumag looks back on many years of experience in constructing bicomponent staple fiber systems. The first system for this fiber type was commissioned as far back as 1995. Oerlikon Neumag offers solutions for the most varied cross-sections, ranging from sheath/core’, ‘side-by-side’, ‘island in the sea’, ‘orange type’ as well as ‘trilobal’. The applications are diverse: from self-crimping fibers, bonding fibers, super-microfibers all the way through to hollow fibers.

The Oerlikon Neumag bicomponent technology is particularly characterized by the extremely robust spin packs that have no expensive wear parts, which considerably reduces the costs here. The reconditioning costs when cleaning the spin packs are kept to an absolute minimum. Add to this the separate temperature transfer option in the spinning beam for the two polymers. As a result, the quality and the viscosity of the polymers can be accurately adjusted in accordance with the respective process requirements.

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Oerlikon Neumag

28.07.2020

Autoneum: Corona-related slump in revenue – bottom point overcome

The coronavirus pandemic and its massive impact on the automotive industry led to an un-precedented market slump in the first half of 2020 and a corresponding revenue decline at Autoneum. Revenue in local currencies fell by –32.7% compared to the prior-year period, and in Swiss francs by –36.8% to CHF 730.6 million. The turnaround program for the North American sites made further progress in the first six months and is showing the targeted results. However, they were clearly overcompensated by the massive impact of the corona-virus crisis, which led to a negative net result of CHF –54.9 million despite comprehensive cost flexibilization measures.

The coronavirus pandemic and its massive impact on the automotive industry led to an un-precedented market slump in the first half of 2020 and a corresponding revenue decline at Autoneum. Revenue in local currencies fell by –32.7% compared to the prior-year period, and in Swiss francs by –36.8% to CHF 730.6 million. The turnaround program for the North American sites made further progress in the first six months and is showing the targeted results. However, they were clearly overcompensated by the massive impact of the corona-virus crisis, which led to a negative net result of CHF –54.9 million despite comprehensive cost flexibilization measures.

Like the entire automobile industry, Autoneum was massively impacted by the effects of the corona-virus pandemic in the first half of the year. The temporary plant closures at almost all customers in every region, especially in the second quarter of the year, not only led to an unprecedented market collapse, but also to a production stop at all 55 Autoneum sites. Starting in February in China and one month later in all other regions, vehicle manufacturers temporarily shut down production completely. The corresponding massive drop in global vehicle production led to a slump in revenue at Autoneum of –32.7% in local currencies. This reflects the development of the market in the first half of 2020, which contracted by –33.2% year-on-year. Revenue in Swiss francs at Autoneum fell by –36.8% to CHF 730.6 million (prior-year period: CHF 1 156.1 million). Revenue development in all Business Groups outperformed the respective markets, particularly in Asia and the SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa) region.


 Like the entire automobile industry, Autoneum was massively impacted by the effects of the corona-virus pandemic in the first half of the year. The temporary plant closures at almost all customers in every region, especially in the second quarter of the year, not only led to an unprecedented market collapse, but also to a production stop at all 55 Autoneum sites. Starting in February in China and one month later in all other regions, vehicle manufacturers temporarily shut down production com-pletely. The corresponding massive drop in global vehicle production led to a slump in revenue at Autoneum of –32.7% in local currencies. This reflects the development of the market in the first half of 2020, which contracted by –33.2% year-on-year. Revenue in Swiss francs at Autoneum fell by –36.8% to CHF 730.6 million (prior-year period: CHF 1 156.1 million). Revenue development in all Business Groups outperformed the respective markets, particularly in Asia and the SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa) region.

Autoneum promptly responded to the pandemic-related market slump by adopting extensive cost-cutting measures in all regions. These include the reduction of employee costs by, among other things, adjusting time accounts, introducing short-time work at eligible locations and temporary layoffs as well as headcount reduction, mainly among temporary workers. In addition, operating expenditures were limited to the absolutely necessary. The investment volume for 2020, already reduced from previous years, was downsized even further. Autoneum continues to benefit in this regard from the high level of investments undertaken in recent years.

 Although the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken to contain it dominated Autoneum’s course of business in the first half of 2020, the Company achieved necessary operational and financial im-provements during this period. The comprehensive turnaround program for the North American sites made further progress and is on track. Efficiency improvements already achieved there had a posi-tive effect on the figures of the first half-year, but were significantly overcompensated by the substan-tial impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Savings and cost flexibilization measures taken immediately and implemented worldwide in view of the revenue loss could not offset the ongoing, capacity-related fixed costs. This led at the Group level to a negative EBIT of CHF –31.8 million (prior-year period: CHF 16.4 million), which equates to an EBIT margin of –4.4% (prior-year period: 1.4%). The net result decreased because of the severe revenue shortfall to CHF –54.9 million (prior-year period: CHF –6.0 million).

Outlook
For 2020 Autoneum expects revenue to develop at market level. Although customers’ production volumes should increase again in the second half of 2020 compared with the first semester, latest fore-casts indicate that they will remain clearly below the level of the second half of 2019. Immediately implemented and ongoing cost reduction measures as well as further operational optimizations also within the turnaround program in North America will lead to improvements in the second half of the year. Due to the current uncertainties, a reliable statement on the net result for the full year 2020 thus cannot be made. With regard to the mid-term targets, a recovery of the profitability level is expected, but it will largely depend on the market development.

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Autoneum Management AG

Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology meanwhile in demand across the globe (c) Oerlikon
Daniel Günther (2nd from left), Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister President, together with Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikon Nonwoven, Matthias Pilz, Head of Oerlikon Neumag, and Matthias Wäsch, Chairman of the Works Council, at the tour of the Neumünster site where the Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology – currently in huge demand across the globe – is manufactured.
08.07.2020

Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology meanwhile in demand across the globe

  • Schleswig-Holstein Minister President visits Neumünster, Germany


Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the worldwide demand for protective masks and apparel has resulted in a record number of new orders in the high double-digit millions of euros at the Oerlikon Nonwoven business unit of the Swiss Oerlikon Group. From the manufacturing site in Neumünster, Germany, the high-tech meltblown systems – with their patented ecuTE+ nonwovens electro-charging technology – are meanwhile be exported all over the world. For the very first time, a contract has now been signed with a business in Australia. Today, Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister President Daniel Günther was won over on site by the technology of a ‘global player’. Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikon Nonwoven, was thrilled, stating: “The machines and systems for manufacturing manmade fiber and nonwovens solutions from Neumünster enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the world. It is especially in this crisis that the technology from Schleswig-Holstein has proven itself to be absolutely world-class.”

  • Schleswig-Holstein Minister President visits Neumünster, Germany


Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the worldwide demand for protective masks and apparel has resulted in a record number of new orders in the high double-digit millions of euros at the Oerlikon Nonwoven business unit of the Swiss Oerlikon Group. From the manufacturing site in Neumünster, Germany, the high-tech meltblown systems – with their patented ecuTE+ nonwovens electro-charging technology – are meanwhile be exported all over the world. For the very first time, a contract has now been signed with a business in Australia. Today, Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister President Daniel Günther was won over on site by the technology of a ‘global player’. Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikon Nonwoven, was thrilled, stating: “The machines and systems for manufacturing manmade fiber and nonwovens solutions from Neumünster enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the world. It is especially in this crisis that the technology from Schleswig-Holstein has proven itself to be absolutely world-class.”

In addition to a tour of the meltblown system and its assembly and production facilities, the visit by Minister President Daniel Günther had one purpose above all: the dialog between politicians and business. Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikon Nonwoven, and Matthias Pilz, Head of Oerlikon Neumag, jointly expressed their thanks for the support that Oerlikon has repeatedly had the fortune to experience over the past months and years in Schleswig-Holstein and looked to the future full of hope. “As a result of our additional investment at the site here in Neumünster – be this in our new technology center that will be completed by the end of this year or in our new logistics center that is already operating – we, as one of the region’s largest employers, are continuing to move forward, supported by a State Government that is also focusing on both promoting industry and business and on advancing an efficient training and educational system, as innovation is only possible with outstanding engineers”, stated Matthias Pilz. And Rainer Straub directed his appeal specifically at the Minister President: “Treat education and training as a priority. Ultimately, they will secure the future of Schleswig-Holstein as a center of excellence and manufacturing!”

Five-million-euro digitalization program

Daniel Günther, the incumbent Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein since 2017, immediately responded, making reference to one of the Federal State’s current training initiatives: “The State Government is supporting higher education institutions and students in the present coronavirus crisis. With a five-million-euro digitalization program, we are investing on the long-term digitalization of our higher education institutions. With this, we are overall creating a future for young people, particularly also for those who could very well go on to invent the next generation of manmade fiber systems.” And the Minister President was just as impressed by the willingness and readiness with which Oerlikon has been providing high-level support since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to master the present challenges as he was with the company’s meltblown technology itself. Rainer Straub explained: “When, at the beginning of the pandemic in February, demand for protective face masks increased rapidly, we at Oerlikon Nonwoven responded immediately. We ramped up all the available production capacities here in Neumünster in order to quickly manufacture nonwovens for producing face masks using our laboratory systems. As a result, we have been able to make a small, regional contribution to covering demand. In parallel, we have pulled out all the stops in order to systematically further expand our skills as machine and system builders so as to cater to the initially expected, and now also continuing, global demand for meltblown systems as quickly as possible.”

Leading meltblown technology

The Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology – with which nonwovens for protective masks can also be manufactured, among other things – is recognized by the market as being the technically most efficient method for producing highly-separating filter media made from plastic fibers. The capacities for respiratory masks available in Europe to date are predominantly manufactured on Oerlikon Nonwoven systems. “Ever more manufacturers in the most diverse countries are hoping to become independent of imports. Therefore, what we are experiencing in Germany is also happening in both industrialized and emerging countries throughout the world”, commented Rainer Straub. In addition to China, Turkey, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Austria and numerous countries in both North and South America, Australia and not least Germany will for the first time also be among the countries to which Oerlikon Nonwoven will be delivering machines and equipment before the end of 2021.

11.05.2020

Textilhersteller klagen über Werbeverbot bei Facebook und Google

In der Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie gibt es großen Unmut über das Geschäftsgebaren von Facebook und Google. Immer mehr Unternehmen seien von den Anzeigensperren für Maskenwerbung betroffen, so der Verband Südwesttextil. Er beklagt ein geschäftsschädigendes Vorgehen der Internetkonzerne: „Corona und Lockdown sind für einige Mitglieder schon existenzgefährdend. Mit Masken haben sie kurzfristig einen neuen Markt bedient. Doch Facebook und Google schotten den wichtigen Absatzkanal Internet gerade massiv ab“, kritisiert Südwesttextil-Hauptgeschäftsführer Peter Haas.

In der Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie gibt es großen Unmut über das Geschäftsgebaren von Facebook und Google. Immer mehr Unternehmen seien von den Anzeigensperren für Maskenwerbung betroffen, so der Verband Südwesttextil. Er beklagt ein geschäftsschädigendes Vorgehen der Internetkonzerne: „Corona und Lockdown sind für einige Mitglieder schon existenzgefährdend. Mit Masken haben sie kurzfristig einen neuen Markt bedient. Doch Facebook und Google schotten den wichtigen Absatzkanal Internet gerade massiv ab“, kritisiert Südwesttextil-Hauptgeschäftsführer Peter Haas.

Wenn Facebook und Google gegen Fake-Produkte, Wucherer und die Verknappung von Medizinprodukten vorgehen wollten, dann setze der Algorithmus dies gerade fehlerhaft um. Faktisch werde ein Werbeverbot für Medizinprodukte zum Anzeigenstopp für alle Maskenanbieter. „Bei zusammen 150.000 Mitarbeitern bei Facebook und Google wird sich ja wohl jemand finden, der seriöse von unseriösen Anbietern trennen kann“, so Haas. Es zeige sich: Nicht jede künstliche Intelligenz führe ohne gesunden Menschenverstand zu schlauen Ergebnissen. Statt einer computerisierten Anzeigenprüfung erwarte Südwesttextil eher eine Anbieterprüfung. Andere Plattformen wie Ebay würden dies bereits sehr viel differenzierter gestalten. Südwesttextil werde das Werbeverbot juristisch prüfen lassen, und auch Politik sowie Wettbewerbshüter seien aufgerufen, die Rettungsinsel „Internet“ für viele Mittelständler wieder zugängig zu machen.

Insbesondere in den USA war Druck auf die Netzwerke ausgeübt worden, Werbung für Masken und Desinfektionsmittel mit dem Hintergrund zu unterbinden, dass keiner mit der Corona-Angst unlautere Profite machen und die Waren zu weit überhöhten Preisen verkaufen sollte. Zum anderen sollte die bereits bestehende Knappheit an Schutzausrüstung nicht dadurch verschärft werden, dass Kunden außerhalb des medizinischen Sektors diesem die dringend benötigten Ausrüstungsgegenstände entziehen.

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Verband der Südwestdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie Südwesttextil e.V. (6489)

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Perlon-Gruppe spendet Masken an die freiwillige Feuerwehr
27.04.2020

The Perlon® Group: support to fire service

The Perlon®-Group is supporting the procurement measures of the volunteer fire service in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district by donating 2400 KN 95 protective masks. This protective equipment will be put to good use by the force covering 23 towns and communities in the area.

The masks offer protection for fire brigade personnel and ensure that the firemen and women can carry out their duties safely and that they also protect the inhabitants in the district and everybody else in the area who may be involved in a rescue, from a potential contamination of the Corona virus.

 

 

 

 

 

The Perlon®-Group is supporting the procurement measures of the volunteer fire service in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district by donating 2400 KN 95 protective masks. This protective equipment will be put to good use by the force covering 23 towns and communities in the area.

The masks offer protection for fire brigade personnel and ensure that the firemen and women can carry out their duties safely and that they also protect the inhabitants in the district and everybody else in the area who may be involved in a rescue, from a potential contamination of the Corona virus.

 

 

 

 

 

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Perlon Sales and Marketing

(c) Südwesttextil
18.04.2020

Südwesttextil: In 8 Schritten in den Neustart

Gemeinsam mit dem Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie fordert der Wirtschafts- und Arbeitgeberverband Südwesttextil für seine 200 Mitglieder in Baden-Württemberg und deren Kunden in Handel und Industrie einen Neustart des wirtschaftlichen Lebens in acht Dimensionen.

„Als zweitgrößte Konsumgüterindustrie Deutschlands nach der Lebensmittelbranche und mit 24 Millionen Quadratmetern Handelsfläche muss Textil zwingend Teil der nächsten Öffnungsstufe sein“, so Südwesttextil-Hauptgeschäftsführer Peter Haas in seinem Appell an Bundes- und Landesregierung.

Die Gesundheit und das Leben der Bevölkerung hätten stets höchste Priorität. Gleichzeitig gelte: Je länger die gesellschaftlichen Einschränkungen andauern, desto teurer werden die wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Folgen sein. Die aktuell deutliche Verlangsamung der Infektionsraten in Deutschland eröffne den Weg, rasch, schrittweise und diskriminierungsfrei die Rückkehr des öffentlichen und wirtschaftlichen Lebens anzugehen.

Gemeinsam mit dem Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie fordert der Wirtschafts- und Arbeitgeberverband Südwesttextil für seine 200 Mitglieder in Baden-Württemberg und deren Kunden in Handel und Industrie einen Neustart des wirtschaftlichen Lebens in acht Dimensionen.

„Als zweitgrößte Konsumgüterindustrie Deutschlands nach der Lebensmittelbranche und mit 24 Millionen Quadratmetern Handelsfläche muss Textil zwingend Teil der nächsten Öffnungsstufe sein“, so Südwesttextil-Hauptgeschäftsführer Peter Haas in seinem Appell an Bundes- und Landesregierung.

Die Gesundheit und das Leben der Bevölkerung hätten stets höchste Priorität. Gleichzeitig gelte: Je länger die gesellschaftlichen Einschränkungen andauern, desto teurer werden die wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Folgen sein. Die aktuell deutliche Verlangsamung der Infektionsraten in Deutschland eröffne den Weg, rasch, schrittweise und diskriminierungsfrei die Rückkehr des öffentlichen und wirtschaftlichen Lebens anzugehen.

Der Bund und die Länder hätten sich am 15. April auf erste Lockerungen der Beschränkungen geeinigt. Die Verbände hatten sich nachdrücklich für eine deutlich weitergehende Lockerung der Restriktionen eingesetzt, die aus deren Sicht auch gut möglich gewesen wären, müssten aber den Primat und die Entscheidung der Politik akzeptieren.

Damit die wirtschaftliche Erholung schnellstmöglich und nachhaltig gelingt, schlägt die deutsche Textil- und Modeindustrie acht Schritte für den Re-Start vor:

1. Textil- und Modewirtschaft ist systemrelevant
2. Textil- und Modegeschäfte diskriminierungsfrei wiedereröffnen
3. Hygienemaßnahmen – Abstandsgebot – Masken tragen: Die neue Normalität fordern und vorleben
4. Direkthilfen für mittelständische Unternehmen
5. Konjunkturprogramm starten
6. Regelungen anpassen – Belastungen aussetzen
7. Freien Waren- und Personenverkehr gewährleisten
8. Textilgipfel

Die vorgeschlagenen Schritte seien unabdingbar für eine Erhaltung und Unterstützung dieser Industrie und bedeuteten Zukunftsförderung für verschiedene Branchenzweige.
Das ausführliche Positionspapier mit Erläuterungen zu den Vorschlägen der Verbände finden Sie als Download.

 

viavesto steigt in Produktion von Gesichtsmasken ein (c) viavesto
Logo viavesto
15.04.2020

viavesto steigt in Produktion von Gesichtsmasken ein

Viavesto® produziert Gesichtsmasken im eigenen Werk. Statt weiterhin Reise- und Outdoorbekleidung zu nähen, hat viavesto seine Produktionsstätte in Portugal auf textile Gesichtsmasken umgestellt. Dafür werden eigene Stoffe eingesetzt, in Portugal gewebt und bis 95° waschbar.

Die wiederverwendbaren Nase-Mund-Masken sind für den privaten Gebrauch bestimmt und sollen das Risiko einer Tröpfcheninfektion Dritter vermindern.
Nicht nur für die Zeit nach den Ausgangsbeschränkungen, sondern schon jetzt empfiehlt das Robert-Koch-Institut das Tragen einfacher Gesichtsmasken zur Reduzierung des Ansteckungsrisikos.
Gemäß den Empfehlungen der Virologen für Gesichtsmasken sind die Stoffe sehr dicht gewebt und nicht dehnbar. viavesto verwendet den klassischen Schnitt von OP-Masken (auf Basis eines rechteckigen Stoffstückes mit Falten), die hinter dem Kopf zu binden sind.

Derzeit liegt die Produktionskapazität bei 4000 bis 5000 Masken wöchentlich, kann aber bei Bedarf noch erweitert werden.

Bei den Masken handelt es sich nicht um FFP-Masken, es sind also keine zertifizierten medizinischen Artikel.

 

Viavesto® produziert Gesichtsmasken im eigenen Werk. Statt weiterhin Reise- und Outdoorbekleidung zu nähen, hat viavesto seine Produktionsstätte in Portugal auf textile Gesichtsmasken umgestellt. Dafür werden eigene Stoffe eingesetzt, in Portugal gewebt und bis 95° waschbar.

Die wiederverwendbaren Nase-Mund-Masken sind für den privaten Gebrauch bestimmt und sollen das Risiko einer Tröpfcheninfektion Dritter vermindern.
Nicht nur für die Zeit nach den Ausgangsbeschränkungen, sondern schon jetzt empfiehlt das Robert-Koch-Institut das Tragen einfacher Gesichtsmasken zur Reduzierung des Ansteckungsrisikos.
Gemäß den Empfehlungen der Virologen für Gesichtsmasken sind die Stoffe sehr dicht gewebt und nicht dehnbar. viavesto verwendet den klassischen Schnitt von OP-Masken (auf Basis eines rechteckigen Stoffstückes mit Falten), die hinter dem Kopf zu binden sind.

Derzeit liegt die Produktionskapazität bei 4000 bis 5000 Masken wöchentlich, kann aber bei Bedarf noch erweitert werden.

Bei den Masken handelt es sich nicht um FFP-Masken, es sind also keine zertifizierten medizinischen Artikel.

 

More information:
Coronavirus viavesto Masken
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viavesto

Meltblown Vliesstoffanlagen von Oerlikon Nonwoven (c) Oerlikon Manmade fibers
Meltblown Vliesstoffanlagen von Oerlikon Nonwoven
02.04.2020

Oerlikon Nonwoven large-scale meltblown sold to Asia

a leading Asian large-scale manufacturer of manmade fibers and polymers has invested in a new Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown system. The recently-signed contract comprises a 2-beam system for manufacturing filtration nonwovens – predominantly for medical products such as face masks – with a nominal capacity of up to 1,200 tons of nonwovens a year. The commercial production launch has been scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The 2-beam system has an operating width of 1.6 meters and is equipped with the new patented Oerlikon Nonwoven electro-charging unit. The Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology is recognized by the market as being the technically most efficient method for producing highly-separating filter media made from manmade fibers, particularly in conjunction with electrostatic charging and with extremely low-pressure loss. Electro-charging the filter nonwovens allows the manufacture of sophisticated EPA- and HEPA-class filter media as well as media that comply with the requirements of N95-, FFP2- and FFP3-class respiratory masks.

a leading Asian large-scale manufacturer of manmade fibers and polymers has invested in a new Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown system. The recently-signed contract comprises a 2-beam system for manufacturing filtration nonwovens – predominantly for medical products such as face masks – with a nominal capacity of up to 1,200 tons of nonwovens a year. The commercial production launch has been scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The 2-beam system has an operating width of 1.6 meters and is equipped with the new patented Oerlikon Nonwoven electro-charging unit. The Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology is recognized by the market as being the technically most efficient method for producing highly-separating filter media made from manmade fibers, particularly in conjunction with electrostatic charging and with extremely low-pressure loss. Electro-charging the filter nonwovens allows the manufacture of sophisticated EPA- and HEPA-class filter media as well as media that comply with the requirements of N95-, FFP2- and FFP3-class respiratory masks.

The demand for filtration nonwovens for medical applications has risen tremendously across the globe since the outbreak of the Sars-CoV-2 (coronavirus) epidemic, presenting all manufacturers with huge challenges. A meltblown system will be commissioning at the site of a leading Western European nonwovens producers as early as the second quarter of 2020. This system will be deployed exclusively in the manufacture of nonwovens for respiratory masks.

Due to the current state of emergency with regards to the local supply of face masks, Oerlikon Nonwoven is currently using its own laboratory system to produce electrostatically-charged filter media which are being sent to local small businesses and companies for the manufacture of face masks. 

 

More information:
Oerlikon Nonwoven
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Oerlikon Manmade fibers

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DIN stellt Normen zur Verfügung
30.03.2020

DIN stellt Normen für medizinische Ausrüstung zur Verfügung

Mitglieder der europäischen Normungsorganisationen CEN und CENELEC unterstützen Kampf gegen Corona-Krise

Die europäischen Normungsorganisationen CEN und CENELEC haben mit dem Einverständnis all ihrer Mitglieder – darunter DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) – und in Absprache mit der Europäischen Kommission entschieden, eine Reihe von Europäischen Normen für Medizinprodukte und persönliche Schutzausrüstung kostenlos zur Verfügung zu stellen, um damit die Bekämpfung der COVID-19-Pandemie zu unterstützen.
Ziel ist es, dem wachsenden Mangel an Schutzmasken, -handschuhen und weiteren Produkten zu begegnen, mit dem viele europäische Länder derzeit zu kämpfen haben. Mit der Bereitstellung der Normen soll Unternehmen geholfen werden, die ihre Produktlinien umstellen wollen, um die so dringend benötigte Ausrüstung kurzfristig herzustellen. Die Normen richten sich rein an professionelle Anwende

Mitglieder der europäischen Normungsorganisationen CEN und CENELEC unterstützen Kampf gegen Corona-Krise

Die europäischen Normungsorganisationen CEN und CENELEC haben mit dem Einverständnis all ihrer Mitglieder – darunter DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) – und in Absprache mit der Europäischen Kommission entschieden, eine Reihe von Europäischen Normen für Medizinprodukte und persönliche Schutzausrüstung kostenlos zur Verfügung zu stellen, um damit die Bekämpfung der COVID-19-Pandemie zu unterstützen.
Ziel ist es, dem wachsenden Mangel an Schutzmasken, -handschuhen und weiteren Produkten zu begegnen, mit dem viele europäische Länder derzeit zu kämpfen haben. Mit der Bereitstellung der Normen soll Unternehmen geholfen werden, die ihre Produktlinien umstellen wollen, um die so dringend benötigte Ausrüstung kurzfristig herzustellen. Die Normen richten sich rein an professionelle Anwende

Darüber hinaus wird auch die internationale Normungsorganisation ISO relevante Standards für medizinische Ausrüstung zur Verfügung stellen. Bis auf weiteres werden die Normen in der aktuellen Version kostenfrei zur Verfügung gestellt. Diese Normen beschreiben wesentliche Anforderungen an Filtermasken, medizinische Handschuhe und Schutzkleidung.
Interessierte Unternehmen und Organisationen können die Normen im Webshop des Beuth Verlags unter www.beuth.de/go/kostenlose-normen herunterladen.

Zur Verfügung gestellt werden Normen für unter anderem Schutzmasken, Handschuhe und Schutzkleidung.
Weitere kostenfreie Standards stellen auch die US-Regelsetzer AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) und ASTM International zur Verfügung:

Source:

Communication Consultants GmbH

From left: Carlo Centonze, Dr. Thierry Pelet holding the first prototype of HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 treated face masks (c) HeiQ
From left: Carlo Centonze, Dr. Thierry Pelet holding the first prototype of HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 treated face masks
17.03.2020

HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 antiviral textile technology tested effective against Coronavirus

HeiQ, winner of the Swiss Technology Award and Swiss Environmental Award, launches HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobial textile treatment that is tested effective against coronavirus.

Since its inception 15 years ago, HeiQ has forged a solid innovation track record helping brands improve textile products. Catalyzed to action by the global fight against Coronavirus, HeiQ launches HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobial textile treatment which is proven effective against human coronavirus (229E) in face mask testing, significantly enhancing the antiviral log reduction from 2.90 of untreated face masks to 4.48, over 99.99% reduction of virus infectivity. (Remarks: a log reduction of 2 is equivalent to 100 times the effectiveness).

Chinese protective masks producer Suzhou Bolisi is the lead adopter of HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03. Treated masks will be available on the market as early as this April. American legwear manufacturer Kayser-Roth is planning to add the technology to their new product, Ghluv hands protector, while Lufeng from China is evaluating the technology on other types of fabric used for garments.

HeiQ, winner of the Swiss Technology Award and Swiss Environmental Award, launches HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobial textile treatment that is tested effective against coronavirus.

Since its inception 15 years ago, HeiQ has forged a solid innovation track record helping brands improve textile products. Catalyzed to action by the global fight against Coronavirus, HeiQ launches HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobial textile treatment which is proven effective against human coronavirus (229E) in face mask testing, significantly enhancing the antiviral log reduction from 2.90 of untreated face masks to 4.48, over 99.99% reduction of virus infectivity. (Remarks: a log reduction of 2 is equivalent to 100 times the effectiveness).

Chinese protective masks producer Suzhou Bolisi is the lead adopter of HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03. Treated masks will be available on the market as early as this April. American legwear manufacturer Kayser-Roth is planning to add the technology to their new product, Ghluv hands protector, while Lufeng from China is evaluating the technology on other types of fabric used for garments.

HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is a unique combination of vesicle and silver technologies designed to inhibit the growth and persistence of bacteria and viruses. The HeiQ vesicle technology targets lipid- enveloped viruses, such as coronavirus, providing rapid virus deactivation, while the HeiQ silver technology inhibits the replication of both bacteria and viruses. HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 can be applied to a wide spectrum of textile surfaces including face masks, air filters, medical gowns, curtains, drapes and more. HeiQ also has a range of highly wash-durable antimicrobial and odor control textile technologies, called HeiQ Pure, combining silver-based and bio-based materials for all fabric types.

More information:
HeiQ Coronavirus
Source:

HeiQ

Oerlikon logo (c) Oerlikon
Oerlikon logo
17.03.2020

Oerlikon wins three large manmade fibers orders in China

Long-term project business in China remains stable 

Oerlikon has received new large orders for manmade fibers production solutions from three of the world’s leading manmade fibers manufacturers. All three companies are based in China and have been key customers of Oerlikon for many years. The orders are for Oerlikon Barmag’s world-leading filament-spinning technology for the highly efficient production of polyester fibers. The three projects have a total value of more than CHF 600 million (EUR 565 million). A very small proportion of these projects will be recognized in Oerlikon Group’s order intake in 2020, and the majority will be accounted for in 2021 and 2022. On-site delivery and installation of these systems are planned for the period from 2021 to early 2023.

Long-term project business in China remains stable 

Oerlikon has received new large orders for manmade fibers production solutions from three of the world’s leading manmade fibers manufacturers. All three companies are based in China and have been key customers of Oerlikon for many years. The orders are for Oerlikon Barmag’s world-leading filament-spinning technology for the highly efficient production of polyester fibers. The three projects have a total value of more than CHF 600 million (EUR 565 million). A very small proportion of these projects will be recognized in Oerlikon Group’s order intake in 2020, and the majority will be accounted for in 2021 and 2022. On-site delivery and installation of these systems are planned for the period from 2021 to early 2023.

The systems business in China remains largely unchanged despite the short-term interruption caused by the coronavirus epidemic following the Chinese New Year celebrations. Long-term project planning for major customers in the manmade fibers industry has resulted in new major orders being placed with Oerlikon Barmag. One of the three new orders, valued at more than CHF300million (EUR282million), is the largest order ever received by Oerlikon Barmag, based in Remscheid, Germany.

The comprehensive manmade fibers technology solutions by Oerlikon are used along the entire value chain in polyester yarn manufacturing and contain cutting-edge automation and digitalization technologies. Oerlikon’s innovative technologies will enable the three Chinese companies to increase their production capacities for polyester yarn and to remain competitive. Oerlikon Barmag will provide the entire system for WINGS POY and WINGS FDY, as well as the texturing machines from the eFK product family in phases over a period of slightly over two years.


 

Source:

Oerlikon

13.03.2020

Schweizerische Textilfachschule STF ab 16. März 2020 geschlossen

  • Unterricht findet online statt

Am Freitag, 13.03.2020 hat der Bundesrat darüber informiert, dass aufgrund des Corona-Virus (Covid-19) die Präventionsmassnahmen einschneidend verschärft werden, um die Risikogruppen gezielt zu schützen.

Was bedeutet das für die STF?
Alle Schulen setzen ihren Unterricht vor Ort (Präsenzunterricht) per Montag bis mindestens 4. April 2020 aus. In diesem Zuge schliesst die STF ab Montag, 16. März 2020 vorerst ihre Türen.

Dies heisst: das Schulgebäude kann weder für den Unterricht, noch zum Selbststudium, weder für Gruppentreffen, noch für die Maschinennutzung, externe Meetings/Schulungen, Veranstaltungen oder Weiteres genutzt werden. Das STF-Gebäude ist geschlossen.

Infolge der Schulschliessung findet kein Präsenzunterricht (Unterricht in Persona) mehr statt. Der Unterricht wird jedoch als Fernunterricht gestaltet, das heisst über «Distance Learning». Die STF stellt ihren Lernenden und Studierenden die Lerninhalte multimedial und digital über ihre Lernplattform zur Verfügung.

  • Unterricht findet online statt

Am Freitag, 13.03.2020 hat der Bundesrat darüber informiert, dass aufgrund des Corona-Virus (Covid-19) die Präventionsmassnahmen einschneidend verschärft werden, um die Risikogruppen gezielt zu schützen.

Was bedeutet das für die STF?
Alle Schulen setzen ihren Unterricht vor Ort (Präsenzunterricht) per Montag bis mindestens 4. April 2020 aus. In diesem Zuge schliesst die STF ab Montag, 16. März 2020 vorerst ihre Türen.

Dies heisst: das Schulgebäude kann weder für den Unterricht, noch zum Selbststudium, weder für Gruppentreffen, noch für die Maschinennutzung, externe Meetings/Schulungen, Veranstaltungen oder Weiteres genutzt werden. Das STF-Gebäude ist geschlossen.

Infolge der Schulschliessung findet kein Präsenzunterricht (Unterricht in Persona) mehr statt. Der Unterricht wird jedoch als Fernunterricht gestaltet, das heisst über «Distance Learning». Die STF stellt ihren Lernenden und Studierenden die Lerninhalte multimedial und digital über ihre Lernplattform zur Verfügung.

Source:

Schweizerische Textilfachschule STF