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04.08.2022

SGL Carbon: Positive performance in the first half of 2022

  • Sales increase of 10.7% to €549.8 million in the first half of 2022
  • EBITDApre improves by 22.6%, higher than the increase in sales, to €87.9 million
  • Positive business development, price increases and strict cost management led to forecast increase on June 7, 2022

Despite uncertain general conditions in the first six months 2022, SGL Carbon's business model is proving its resilience. After €270.9 million in Q1 2022, SGL Carbon was able to increase sales to €278.9 million in Q2. Accordingly, sales for the first half of 2022 amount to €549.8 million, which corresponds to a sales plus of €53.1 million or 10.7% compared to the same period of the previous year.

The increase in sales was driven in particular by customers in the semiconductor industry and growth in the industrial applications market segment. Demand from the automotive and chemical industries was also encouraging.

  • Sales increase of 10.7% to €549.8 million in the first half of 2022
  • EBITDApre improves by 22.6%, higher than the increase in sales, to €87.9 million
  • Positive business development, price increases and strict cost management led to forecast increase on June 7, 2022

Despite uncertain general conditions in the first six months 2022, SGL Carbon's business model is proving its resilience. After €270.9 million in Q1 2022, SGL Carbon was able to increase sales to €278.9 million in Q2. Accordingly, sales for the first half of 2022 amount to €549.8 million, which corresponds to a sales plus of €53.1 million or 10.7% compared to the same period of the previous year.

The increase in sales was driven in particular by customers in the semiconductor industry and growth in the industrial applications market segment. Demand from the automotive and chemical industries was also encouraging.

EBITDApre, as one of the Group's key performance indicators, improved by €16.2 million (+22.6%) to €87.9 million (H1 2021: €71.7 million). Consequently, the EBITDApre margin increased from 14.4% to 16.0%. In addition to the higher utilization of production capacities due to higher sales, the improvement in earnings was also driven by the largely successful passing-on of higher raw material and energy costs to customers as well as savings from the transformation program.

EBITDApre does not include positive one-off effects and non-recurring items totaling €10.6 million (H1 2021: minus €5.2 million). As a result, EBIT in H1 2022 increased significantly from €38.3 million to €69.6 million. Taking into account the financial result of minus €16.6 million (H1 2021: minus €14.0 million), consolidated net income for the first six months of the current fiscal year amounted to €48.8 million, compared to €17.9 million in the prior-year period.

Business Units
With an increase in sales of €22.2 million (+10.0%) to €243.4 million, the Graphite Solutions (GS) business unit made a major contribution to SGL Carbon’s sales growth. In particular, continued high demand from customers in the semiconductor sector, which represents approximately one third of the segment's sales, led to the positive business development in GS. As a result of the predominantly high-margin business, EBITDApre at GS improved by 22.7% to €54.0 million.

The Process Technology (PT) business unit benefited from the good order situation in the chemical industry in H1 2022 and consequently increased sales to €49.2 million (H1 2021: € 40.8 million). EBITDApre also improved from €0.1 million in the prior year’s first half to €4.1 million in H1 2022.

The Carbon Fibers (CF) business unit benefited in the 1st half 2022 from final deliveries to a major automotive manufacturer whose contract expired as scheduled on June 30, 2022. Segment sales increased by 5.8% year-on-year to €176.0 million. In contrast, EBITDApre at CF decreased by €4.2 million to €28.2 million despite the good order situation and successful price increases. It should be noted that CF was impacted by a special effect from energy derivatives for price hedging in the amount of €9.2 million in the first quarter of 2022.

With an increase in sales of 15.6% to €69.6 million, the Composite Solutions (CS) business unit continued its upward trend. The specialist for customized component solutions for the automotive industry improved its EBITDApre from €5.7 million in the first half of 2021 to the current €9.7 million, based in particular on price and volume effects.

Balance sheet figures
Working capital rose by 11.7% to €381.1 million as of June 30, 2022. This was mainly due to higher inventories (€ +73.9 million) and an offsetting increase in trade payables (€ +29.0 million). A targeted build-up of inventories in critical raw materials due to disruptions in transport routes and the recent Covid lockdown in Shanghai were some of the reasons for the higher inventory levels.

SGL Carbon's net financial debt slightly increased by €6.6 million to €212.9 million as of June 30, 2022 (Dec. 31, 2021: €206.3 million), which was due to a lower free cash flow of €7.5 million for H1 2022 (H1 2021: €56.6 million).

Guidance increase
On June 7, 2022, SGL Carbon raised its sales and earnings guidance for fiscal year 2022. The company now expects sales of €1.1 billion (previously: around €1.0 billion) and EBITDApre of €130 - 150 million (previously: €110 - 130 million). Based on the pleasing business development, realized price increases, a stringent cost management, and taking into account the currently known risks, SGL’s management expects to achieve the earnings forecast for 2022 at the upper end of the stated range.

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SGL Carbon

03.08.2022

Sustainable Developments in Absorbent Hygiene & Personal Care at Hygienix™

  • INDA Announces Full Program and Opens Registration for Premier Event in New Orleans

With reusable and recyclable products and new inputs offering growth opportunities in absorbent hygiene and personal care products, Hygienix™ will provide an insightful view into the market’s future this November in New Orleans.

Industry participants from around the world and throughout the supply chain will convene and connect for the eighth edition of the premier event for the fast-growing segment on November 14-17, at The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

The in-person conference will highlight the segment’s continued growth and new opportunities with presentations by more than 20 industry experts on sustainable inputs, natural fibers, product transparency, reusable menstrual products, recyclable diapers and more as well as the latest market forecasts and insights into consumer buying trends.

  • INDA Announces Full Program and Opens Registration for Premier Event in New Orleans

With reusable and recyclable products and new inputs offering growth opportunities in absorbent hygiene and personal care products, Hygienix™ will provide an insightful view into the market’s future this November in New Orleans.

Industry participants from around the world and throughout the supply chain will convene and connect for the eighth edition of the premier event for the fast-growing segment on November 14-17, at The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

The in-person conference will highlight the segment’s continued growth and new opportunities with presentations by more than 20 industry experts on sustainable inputs, natural fibers, product transparency, reusable menstrual products, recyclable diapers and more as well as the latest market forecasts and insights into consumer buying trends.

Hygienix also will offer two specialized workshops, and a myriad of business connection opportunities including a welcome reception on Nov. 14 and a first-time attendee mentorship program.
Participants will discover innovative products in absorbent hygiene and personal care at tabletop exhibits with evening receptions on Nov. 15-16, providing opportunities for 60 companies to showcase their unique offerings.

Three finalists will each present their innovative and technically sophisticated disposable absorbent hygiene products as they vie for the prestigious Hygienix Innovation Award™. Nominations are open until August 29. Demonstrating the interest in sustainability, last year’s award recipient was Kudos Diaper Subscription featuring its 100% cotton disposable diaper.

Hygienix Highlights
Absorbent hygiene – the single largest nonwoven end‐use category (by square meters) – is expected to continue its strong growth over the next four years, creating market opportunities in this thriving area driven by growing consumer interest for environmentally-friendly options in material inputs and end-of-life options.

Participants will hear the latest data and forecasts from analysts during presentations by Robert Fry, Jr., Ph.D., Principal of Robert Fry Economics LLC on the Global Economy – What we Can Expect in 2023; Pricie Hanna, Managing Partner, and Colin Hanna, Director of Market Research, Price Hanna Consultants on Disposables versus Reusables; and Simon Preisler, Vice President of Logistics, Central National Gottesman delivering a Logistic Market Update.

A panel of entrepreneurs will discuss the challenges, biases and taboos to bringing innovations into the marketplace. Experts sharing their insights will be Mia Abbruzzese and Alexandra Fennell, co-founders of Grace; Amrita Saigal, founder and CEO, Kudos; and Cindy Santa Cruz, President of ParaPatch.

A session on Next-Generation Menstrual Products and their Users will feature Liying Qian, Research Analyst, Euromonitor International providing market data on disposable and reusable period products; Frantisek Riha-Scott, Founder, Confitex discussing reusable products; and Greta Meyer, Co-Founder and CEO, Sequel on Reengineering the Tampon.
Also focusing on period products will be a presentation by Danielle Keiser, Managing Director, Impact, Madami on Changing the Conversation with Consumersmoderated by Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC.

Other intriguing not-to-be-missed presentations centered on sustainability trends include:

  • Assessing Sustainable Fiber Options in the Context of Disposable Hygienic Products – Richard Knowlson, Principal, RPK Consulting LLC
  • Five Generations of Hygiene + Sustainability – Matt Schiering, Professor of Marketing, Dominican University
  • Recycling Approaches for Disposable Diaper Waste – Jeannine Cardin, Quality and R&D, RecycPHP Inc.

Hygienix will provide additional focused learning opportunities with two essential short courses (with separation registration fees) on Nov. 14 focused on Absorption Systems for Absorbent Hygiene Products, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and Global Diaper Trends from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

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Hygienix INDA
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INDA

03.08.2022

17. Chemnitzer Textiltechnik-Tagung (CTT) am 28. + 29. September

Unter dem Motto „Textiltechnik als Schlüsseltechnologie der Zukunft“ informieren sich Maschinenproduzenten, Anwender, Textilfachleute und Forschende über neueste Entwicklungen in den Themenbereichen:

  • Ressourceneffiziente und nachhaltige Prozesse
  • Textiltechnologien für den Leichtbau
  • Digitalisierung in der textilen Produktion
  • Additive Fertigung mit Fasern und Textilien

Das Format bietet neben klassischen Vorträgen im Plenarteil und vier Themenkomplexen auch Pitches sowie studentische und wissenschaftliche Projektvorstellungen bzw. Exponate-Präsentationen.

Im Plenarteil der Veranstaltung werden der europäische GFK-Markt vorgestellt und die Bedeutung des Mittelstandes für die deutsche Volkswirtschaft näher beleuchtet.

Ausgewählte technologische Highlights der Fachvorträge in diesem Jahr sind neuartige Verfahren zum 3D-Druck, innovative Carbon-Textilien für die Betonarmierung sowie neue Digitalisierungsstrategien für den Maschinenbau und die Textilindustrie.

Kooperationspartner der diesjährigen Veranstaltung sind das tschechische Generalkonsulat und tschechische Branchenverbände.

Unter dem Motto „Textiltechnik als Schlüsseltechnologie der Zukunft“ informieren sich Maschinenproduzenten, Anwender, Textilfachleute und Forschende über neueste Entwicklungen in den Themenbereichen:

  • Ressourceneffiziente und nachhaltige Prozesse
  • Textiltechnologien für den Leichtbau
  • Digitalisierung in der textilen Produktion
  • Additive Fertigung mit Fasern und Textilien

Das Format bietet neben klassischen Vorträgen im Plenarteil und vier Themenkomplexen auch Pitches sowie studentische und wissenschaftliche Projektvorstellungen bzw. Exponate-Präsentationen.

Im Plenarteil der Veranstaltung werden der europäische GFK-Markt vorgestellt und die Bedeutung des Mittelstandes für die deutsche Volkswirtschaft näher beleuchtet.

Ausgewählte technologische Highlights der Fachvorträge in diesem Jahr sind neuartige Verfahren zum 3D-Druck, innovative Carbon-Textilien für die Betonarmierung sowie neue Digitalisierungsstrategien für den Maschinenbau und die Textilindustrie.

Kooperationspartner der diesjährigen Veranstaltung sind das tschechische Generalkonsulat und tschechische Branchenverbände.

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Förderverein Cetex Chemnitzer Textilmaschinenentwicklung e.V.

IVL
03.08.2022

Winners of the RECO Sustainable Young Designer Competition

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) named the winners of ‘RECO Young Designer Competition’, Thailand's largest upcycling fashion design event, parading haute couture garments containing at least 60% recycled materials.

Eleven finalists showcased 33 handmade sustainable outfits at the 9th edition of the fashion show at IVL’s headquarters in Bangkok, using recycled PET and polyester items to craft creative fashions. Under the concept of ‘REVIVE: Start from the Street,’ RECO supports young Thai designers while raising awareness of recycling. The designs use a range of recycled materials including recycled PET yarns, discarded fabric from factories, and even repurposed safety belts.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) named the winners of ‘RECO Young Designer Competition’, Thailand's largest upcycling fashion design event, parading haute couture garments containing at least 60% recycled materials.

Eleven finalists showcased 33 handmade sustainable outfits at the 9th edition of the fashion show at IVL’s headquarters in Bangkok, using recycled PET and polyester items to craft creative fashions. Under the concept of ‘REVIVE: Start from the Street,’ RECO supports young Thai designers while raising awareness of recycling. The designs use a range of recycled materials including recycled PET yarns, discarded fabric from factories, and even repurposed safety belts.

RECO awarded finalists and winners with 500,000 baht in prizes to support their careers. First prize of 125,000 baht was awarded to 23-year-old emerging furniture designer Prem Buachum for his ‘The Origin of Rebirth’ collection, using fabric recycled from post-consumer PET bottles. The first runner-up, Sathitkhun Boonmee, was awarded 75,000 baht for his ‘Remembering Your Favorite Teddy Bear’ collection, using old dolls made of polyester fibers. Second runners-up, Worameth Monthanom and Tanakorn Sritong, received 50,000 baht for their ‘Regeneration of Nature (into Spring)’ collection, using unused fabrics and discarded PET film. Napat Tansuwan, a finalist with his’ Don’t Judge’ collection, will go on to create designer merchandise for sponsor Buriram United Football Club using local weaving techniques from communities in Buriram province.

Mrs. Aradhana Lohia Sharma, Vice President at Indorama Ventures and RECO Young Designer Competition Chairperson, said, “Since 2011, RECO's ambition has been to uplift recycling and inspire people to realize the value of recyclable materials to produce great new products for daily life. We have witnessed many thoughtful initiatives on upcycling through the collections created by our talented young Thai designers. The designs this year showcase stunning wearability and innovation while using a large percentage of recycle materials. Public interest in recycling has been growing immensely, and we are grateful to strengthen the relationship with partners like Buriram United Football Club.”

“Indorama Ventures hopes this competition will be a driving force in nurturing sustainable fashion concepts and increasing the acceptance of recycled materials, especially post-consumer PET. We are proud to be a stepping-stone for our youth's design journey and our community’s sustainable future.”

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IVL

02.08.2022

DNFI Award 2022 open for applications – Deadline 9 Sept

Natural fibres offer mechanical strength, low weight, and resilience, as well as renewability and biodegradability, making them ideal partners to high-tech, modern, and sustainable textile applications. The DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibres Award offers recognition for outstanding design and innovation in this important textile sector.

The DNFI award has proven to be successful in raising awareness of the outstanding work being done by specialists in this field and previous winners speak of their appreciation for the subsequent media coverage and interest in their work.

  • Applicants are invited to submit their proposals by email to: Secretariat@dnfi.org.
  • Application templates are available on the DNFI web site: https://www.dnfi.org/dnfi-award
  • Closing Date for award applications is 9. September 2022.
  • A maximum of two extra pages (for a total of three pages) of information and three photographs/graphs/tables may be included with this submission.

Natural fibres offer mechanical strength, low weight, and resilience, as well as renewability and biodegradability, making them ideal partners to high-tech, modern, and sustainable textile applications. The DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibres Award offers recognition for outstanding design and innovation in this important textile sector.

The DNFI award has proven to be successful in raising awareness of the outstanding work being done by specialists in this field and previous winners speak of their appreciation for the subsequent media coverage and interest in their work.

  • Applicants are invited to submit their proposals by email to: Secretariat@dnfi.org.
  • Application templates are available on the DNFI web site: https://www.dnfi.org/dnfi-award
  • Closing Date for award applications is 9. September 2022.
  • A maximum of two extra pages (for a total of three pages) of information and three photographs/graphs/tables may be included with this submission.
More information:
DNFI DNFI award
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DNFI

Photo: FET
02.08.2022

FET at Techtextil 2022: Principle theme was Sustainability

The company’s principle theme at Techtextil was Sustainability, since FET extrusion systems are ideally suited for both process and end-product development of sustainable materials. These systems are designed to be material efficient, can be bespoke designed and offer both flexibility and a high level of processing capability. They are supplied as self-contained units for ease of installation in a laboratory or small scale process evaluation environment.

FET’s enhanced Fibre Development Centre enables clients to develop and trial their own sustainable fibres and FET has now successfully processed almost 30 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwoven formats

The innovative stand at Techtextil was specifically designed to highlight FET’s total commitment to all aspects of sustainability. It utilised as many sustainable components as possible and met with much comment and approval from visitors.

The company’s principle theme at Techtextil was Sustainability, since FET extrusion systems are ideally suited for both process and end-product development of sustainable materials. These systems are designed to be material efficient, can be bespoke designed and offer both flexibility and a high level of processing capability. They are supplied as self-contained units for ease of installation in a laboratory or small scale process evaluation environment.

FET’s enhanced Fibre Development Centre enables clients to develop and trial their own sustainable fibres and FET has now successfully processed almost 30 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwoven formats

The innovative stand at Techtextil was specifically designed to highlight FET’s total commitment to all aspects of sustainability. It utilised as many sustainable components as possible and met with much comment and approval from visitors.

Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited (FET) of Leeds, England enjoyed another successful Techtextil in Frankfurt, with high quality enquiries from technical companies and organisations worldwide, but in particular from customers based in Europe.

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DAVID STEAD PROJECT MARKETING LTD for FET

28.07.2022

Lenzing partners with Red Points to fight counterfeits

  • Collaboration with Red Points addresses consumers’ increasing expectations on transparency and highlights Lenzing’s commitment to trademark protection
  • Protects interest of Lenzing customer and partners who are making real efforts to enhance the transparency of their value chains
  • Builds upon Lenzing’s overall brand protection efforts that verify the authenticity of fibers up to the end products

Lenzing Group, a global producer of wood-based specialty fibers, has announced a partnership with Red Points, a company in online IP infringement detection and removal, to strengthen Lenzing’s existing brand protection efforts globally and enable round-the-clock brand monitoring services. As Lenzing’s textile brands TENCEL™, LENZING™, ECOVERO™, as well as nonwovens brand VEOCEL™ continue to generate widespread demand from industry partners and customers worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important to protect the company’s trademarks and provide full visibility into the brands’ presence online.

  • Collaboration with Red Points addresses consumers’ increasing expectations on transparency and highlights Lenzing’s commitment to trademark protection
  • Protects interest of Lenzing customer and partners who are making real efforts to enhance the transparency of their value chains
  • Builds upon Lenzing’s overall brand protection efforts that verify the authenticity of fibers up to the end products

Lenzing Group, a global producer of wood-based specialty fibers, has announced a partnership with Red Points, a company in online IP infringement detection and removal, to strengthen Lenzing’s existing brand protection efforts globally and enable round-the-clock brand monitoring services. As Lenzing’s textile brands TENCEL™, LENZING™, ECOVERO™, as well as nonwovens brand VEOCEL™ continue to generate widespread demand from industry partners and customers worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important to protect the company’s trademarks and provide full visibility into the brands’ presence online.

Protecting the interest of Lenzing’s partners and consumers
Red Points provides the ideal technology solution to help Lenzing monitor and remove unauthorized use of its trademarks and counterfeits online. The technology works by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically detect intellectual property infringements of Lenzing’ trademarks with high accuracy and efficiency.

Brand protection is just one of Lenzing’s ongoing proactive measures aimed at enhancing transparency in the supply chain and protecting the interest of Lenzing’s partners by ensuring they are purchasing genuine Lenzing fibers which meet their high standards.

In 2018, Lenzing launched the Lenzing E-Branding Service which allows Lenzing’s customers, retailers and brand partners to effectively use trademarks in their marketing materials. The platform has been welcomed by partners globally as it continues to deliver value to the fashion, textile and nonwoven sectors by facilitating the traceability of Lenzing’s fibers and enabling customers to promote them effectively.

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Lenzing AG

Lavendelpflanzen kurz vor der Blüte auf dem Versuchsfeld bei Hülben. Foto: Carolin Weiler
26.07.2022

Lavendelanbau auf der Schwäbischen Alb: Ätherisches Öl aus Blüten und Textilien von Pflanzenresten

In der Provence stehen Lavendelfelder in voller Blüte. Diese Farbenpracht kann bald auch in Baden-Württemberg zu sehen sein. In einem gemeinsamen Forschungsprojekt prüfen die Deutschen Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF), die Universität Hohenheim und die Firma naturamus geeignete Lavendelsorten und entwickeln energieeffiziente Methoden, daraus ätherisches Öl herzustellen. Auch für die Verwertung der großen Mengen an Reststoffen, die bei der Produktion anfallen, gibt es Ideen: Die DITF erforschen, wie daraus Fasern für klassische Textilien und Faserverbundwerkstoffe hergestellt werden können.

Bei Firma naturamus am Fuße der der Schwäbischen Alb besteht eine hohe Nachfrage an hochwertigen ätherischen Ölen für Arzneimittel und Naturkosmetik. Viel spricht dafür, Lavendel vor Ort anzubauen. Die ökologische Bewirtschaftung der Lavendelfelder würde dazu beitragen, den Anteil an ökologischem Landbau im Land zu erhöhen und Transportkosten einzusparen.

In der Provence stehen Lavendelfelder in voller Blüte. Diese Farbenpracht kann bald auch in Baden-Württemberg zu sehen sein. In einem gemeinsamen Forschungsprojekt prüfen die Deutschen Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF), die Universität Hohenheim und die Firma naturamus geeignete Lavendelsorten und entwickeln energieeffiziente Methoden, daraus ätherisches Öl herzustellen. Auch für die Verwertung der großen Mengen an Reststoffen, die bei der Produktion anfallen, gibt es Ideen: Die DITF erforschen, wie daraus Fasern für klassische Textilien und Faserverbundwerkstoffe hergestellt werden können.

Bei Firma naturamus am Fuße der der Schwäbischen Alb besteht eine hohe Nachfrage an hochwertigen ätherischen Ölen für Arzneimittel und Naturkosmetik. Viel spricht dafür, Lavendel vor Ort anzubauen. Die ökologische Bewirtschaftung der Lavendelfelder würde dazu beitragen, den Anteil an ökologischem Landbau im Land zu erhöhen und Transportkosten einzusparen.

Der Anbau von Lavendel auf der Alb bedeutet Neuland. Die Universität Hohenheim testet deswegen an vier Standorten fünf verschiedene Sorten, zum Beispiel auf dem Sonnenhof bei Bad Boll. Ende des Jahres werden die ersten Ergebnisse erwartet.

Bei der Gewinnung der ätherischen Öle fällt eine große Menge an Reststoffen an, die bisher noch nicht verwertet wird. Aus dem Lavendelstängel können Fasern für Textilien gewonnen werden. An den DITF laufen bereits Entwicklungen und Analysen mit diesem nachwachsenden Rohstoff. Um Lavendel-Destillationsreste zu verwerten, müssen die pflanzlichen Stängel mit ihren Faserbündeln aufgeschlossen, das heißt, in ihre Bestandteile zerlegt werden. Innerhalb eines Faserbündels sind die verholzten (lignifizierten) Einzelfasern fest durch pflanzlichen Zucker, dem Pektin, verbunden. Diese Verbindung soll beispielsweise mit Bakterien oder mit Enzymen aufgelöst werden.

DITF-Wissenschaftler Jamal Sarsour untersucht verschiedene Vorbereitungstechniken und Methoden, um aus dem Material Lang- und Kurzfasern herzustellen. „Wir sind gespannt, wie hoch die Ausbeute an Fasern sein wird und welche Eigenschaften diese Fasern haben“. Projektleiter Thomas Stegmaier ergänzt: „Die Länge, die Feinheit als auch die Festigkeit der Faserbündel entscheiden über die Verwendungsmöglichkeiten. Feine Fasern sind für Bekleidung geeignet, gröbere Faserbündel für technische Anwendungen“.

Die Chancen auf dem Markt sind gut. Regionale Wertschöpfung und ökologisch und fair erzeugte Textilien sind im Trend. Dabei geht es nicht in erster Linie um Bekleidung, sondern um technische Textilien. Die für den Leichtbau so wichtigen Faserbundwerkstoffe können auch mit nachwachsenden Naturfasern hergestellt werden, wie zum Beispiel bereits mit Hanf oder Flachs. Selbst aus Hopfen-Gärresten wurde an den DITF bereits Faserverbundmaterial hergestellt. Fasern aus den Reststoffen von Lavendel könnten ein weiterer natürlicher Baustein für Hightech-Anwendungen sein.

More information:
Lavendel DITF
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Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf

25.07.2022

Carbios: Strengthening its leadership in the biorecycling of plastics and textiles

  • Exceptional achievement of research work on the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for understanding PET depolymerization enzymes

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, announces the publication of an article entitled “An NMR look at an engineered PET depolymerase” in the scientific journal Biophysical Journal.

The article describes the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the thermal stability of PET depolymerization enzymes and the mechanism of adsorption of the enzyme on the polymer. This innovative approach, which required months of development, is a world first and opens up new ways of improving these enzymes. This publication confirms Carbios' international lead in the development of the most efficient enzymes for the depolymerization and recycling of plastics.

  • Exceptional achievement of research work on the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for understanding PET depolymerization enzymes

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, announces the publication of an article entitled “An NMR look at an engineered PET depolymerase” in the scientific journal Biophysical Journal.

The article describes the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the thermal stability of PET depolymerization enzymes and the mechanism of adsorption of the enzyme on the polymer. This innovative approach, which required months of development, is a world first and opens up new ways of improving these enzymes. This publication confirms Carbios' international lead in the development of the most efficient enzymes for the depolymerization and recycling of plastics.

Prof. Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer of Carbios and co-author of the article, explains: “ Nearly 25 researchers are currently working on our unique enzymatic technology. It is based on academic collaborations with the world's leading experts in their fields..”

Dr. Guy Lippens, CNRS Research Director and co-author of the artcle, adds: “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is an extraordinary biophysical technique for visualizing an enzyme directly in solution. Our study is the first to use NMR as a complementary technique to crystallography and molecular modeling to observe a PETase. This gives new perspectives to better understand the functioning of these enzymes and it makes it possible to imagine new ways of improving these enzymes. ”

More information:
Carbios de-polymerization
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Carbios

Geno and Aquafil
21.07.2022

Geno and Aquafil: Pre-commercial production for plant-based nylon-6

Genomatica (Geno) alongside longtime collaborator Aquafil [ECNL:IM] successfully completed the first demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6. The material is intended to reshape the $22B nylon industry, enabling brands to meet demand from consumers for sustainable everyday materials from apparel to automotive parts to carpets. Geno and Aquafil have produced the first several tons of plant-based nylon-6 building block caprolactam, have converted it to nylon-6 polymer, and are now in the process of transforming it for evaluation in nylon applications such as yarns for textile and carpet and engineering plastics as part of pre-commercial quantities from demonstration production taking place in Europe.

The companies have been collaborating to first produce pilot-scale quantities of plant-based nylon-6 and have now advanced to produce pre-commercial quantities at demonstration scale which will help determine the final design of future commercial plants. The material will go to leading global brands and their value chain partners who are eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers.

Genomatica (Geno) alongside longtime collaborator Aquafil [ECNL:IM] successfully completed the first demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6. The material is intended to reshape the $22B nylon industry, enabling brands to meet demand from consumers for sustainable everyday materials from apparel to automotive parts to carpets. Geno and Aquafil have produced the first several tons of plant-based nylon-6 building block caprolactam, have converted it to nylon-6 polymer, and are now in the process of transforming it for evaluation in nylon applications such as yarns for textile and carpet and engineering plastics as part of pre-commercial quantities from demonstration production taking place in Europe.

The companies have been collaborating to first produce pilot-scale quantities of plant-based nylon-6 and have now advanced to produce pre-commercial quantities at demonstration scale which will help determine the final design of future commercial plants. The material will go to leading global brands and their value chain partners who are eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers.

Plant-based nylon-6 is Geno’s third major product line on a path to commercialization. The company has executed high impact deals with a range of brands to accelerate the global commercialization of sustainable materials, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 million tons in upcoming years. Recent milestones advancing the sustainable materials transition include: a collaboration with lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU) to bring plant-based materials into lululemon’s products, a production milestone with partner Covestro (OTCMKTS: COVTY) for plant-based HMD used in sustainable coatings, and a partnership with Asahi Kasei (OTCMKTS: AHKSY) and a newly formed venture with Unilever (NASDAQ: UL) to commercialize and scale plant-based alternatives to feedstocks like palm oil or fossil fuels, to make key ingredients used in everyday cleaning and personal care products.

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method communications

21.07.2022

Update der 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. laden gemeinsam am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird allen nationalen und internationalen Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und Diskussionsrunden geboten.

Am Freitag, dem 30. September widmen sich zwei Sessions der Baumwolltagung einigen Problembereichen im Rahmen textiler Prozesse, gleichzeitig werden Ideen für passende Lösungen angeboten. Beispiele dafür sind:

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. laden gemeinsam am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird allen nationalen und internationalen Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und Diskussionsrunden geboten.

Am Freitag, dem 30. September widmen sich zwei Sessions der Baumwolltagung einigen Problembereichen im Rahmen textiler Prozesse, gleichzeitig werden Ideen für passende Lösungen angeboten. Beispiele dafür sind:

  • Vorreinigung von Baumwolle
    Eine höhere Reinigungsleistung, gestiegene Produktionsanforderungen und Flexibilität in der Rohstoffverarbeitung sind für Ralf Müller vom Mönchengladbacher Textilmaschinenbauer Trützschler Schlüsselthemen in der Spinnereivorbereitung für Baumwolle. Eine besondere Bedeutung kommt hierbei der Entfernung von groben Verunreinigungen zu. Dazu entwickelte Trützschler die neue Generation eines Vorreinigeraggregates, das mit doppelter Produktionskapazität zu einer Reduzierung des Energieverbrauchs und einer deutlichen Steigerung der Reinigungsleistung gegenüber Vorgängermodellen führt.
  • Gezieltes Rohstoffmanagement zahlt sich aus
    Oswald Baldischwieler vom Schweizer Unternehmen Uster erklärt in seinem Vortrag, warum es zur Erreichung einer gleichbleibenden Qualität von Baumwollprodukten wie Garnen und Geweben notwendig ist, eine intensive Prüfung der Baumwollfasern schon in der Frühphase der Fertigung vorzunehmen.
  • Spinning Waste Cotton
    Die Rieter AG ist mit Harald Schwippl vertreten. Das Recyceln von Rohstoffen ist seit einigen Jahren ein zunehmender Trend, um mehr Nachhaltigkeit zu erreichen. Neben der Weiterverwertung von chemisch oder mechanisch aufgelösten Rohstoffen, ist auch die Verwertung von Spinnerei-Abgängen eine Möglichkeit, um der steigenden Nachfrage zur Rohstoffwiederverwertung gerecht zu werden.
  • Fertigungsdurchläufe verkürzen
    Yonathan Sissay vom Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute, Addis Ababa, berichtet über die Verringerung von Leadtimes in Fertigungsprozessen von Bekleidung vom Stofflager über die Fertigung bis hin zu Verpackung und Auslieferung.
  • Wie der Kurzfaseranteil in Baumwolle auf Kräfte beim Streckvorgang wirkt
    Der pakistanische Wissenschaftler Quaim Siddiqui stellte im Rahmen seines Forschungsprojektes fest, dass die Verzugskraft ein dynamischer Faktor ist, der durch unterschiedliche Reibungskräfte zwischen sich langsam und schnell bewegenden Fasern in der Verzugszone des Spinnprozesses entsteht.

Spinning and Textile Seminar: Expertentreffen zu Beginn der Konferenz
Am 28. September, also am Vortag zur Tagung, findet unter der Headline ‚Qualitätsanforderungen entlang der Textilwertschöpfungskette‘ ein Austausch unter Experten statt. Das mittlerweile etablierte Seminar thematisiert die Verarbeitung sämtlicher Fasern und spricht weitere Kreise der textilen Kette an. Hierzu laden das Faserinstitut Bremen (FIBRE), die Bremer Baumwollbörse, der Industrieverband – Veredlung – Garne – Gewebe und Technische Textilien (IVGT) sowie die International Textiles Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) gemeinsam ein.

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Bremer Baumwollbörse

(c) adidas AG
15.07.2022

adidas launches its first product in collaboration with Spinnova

The adidas TERREX HS1 is one of the first knitted products to be made in part with Spinnova technology. At least 30% of the fabric in this mid-layer hiking hoodie comes from wood-based SPINNOVA® fibres (other fibres)* and 70% from cotton (organic).

Adidas is committed to helping End Plastic Waste via a three-loop strategy that consists of using recycled materials, materials that can be made to be remade and in the case of Made with Nature, products created in part with natural ingredients, such as the adidas TERREX HS1.  

The first product to emerge from this partnership, the adidas TERREX HS1 mid-layer is a piece of multi-functional gear that works on the trails and then rolls up into its hood for easy storage or to create a pillow on longer adventures. It was designed using UNITEFIT – an all-gender fit system created with a spectrum of sizes, genders, and forms in mind.

The adidas TERREX HS1 is one of the first knitted products to be made in part with Spinnova technology. At least 30% of the fabric in this mid-layer hiking hoodie comes from wood-based SPINNOVA® fibres (other fibres)* and 70% from cotton (organic).

Adidas is committed to helping End Plastic Waste via a three-loop strategy that consists of using recycled materials, materials that can be made to be remade and in the case of Made with Nature, products created in part with natural ingredients, such as the adidas TERREX HS1.  

The first product to emerge from this partnership, the adidas TERREX HS1 mid-layer is a piece of multi-functional gear that works on the trails and then rolls up into its hood for easy storage or to create a pillow on longer adventures. It was designed using UNITEFIT – an all-gender fit system created with a spectrum of sizes, genders, and forms in mind.

Made in part with Spinnova technology , a minimum of 30% of the fabric in the adidas TERREX HS1 comes from wood-based SPINNOVA® fibres (other fibres)* that are made by grinding wood pulp with water into a paste and then spun into a textile fibre.

The product also works with the material’s natural color. Since no dyeing or bleaching is applied, in turn this uses less water compared to the standard dyeing process.

* (Rayon) in US, (New type of cellulose fibre) in China

More information:
adidas Spinnova Fibers fibres Recycling
Source:

adidas AG

15.07.2022

RadiciGroup publishes Sustainability Report 2021

  • Sustainability Report 2021 combines financial and non-financial performance indicators
  • 2011-2021: 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton produced. 51.7% renewable source energy achieved
  • ESG criteria (environmental impact (E), social values (S), organizational governance (G)) determine sustainability strategy

The new RadiciGroup Sustainability Report has been published. With the goal of continuous improvement, the 2021 report has a broader reporting boundary compared to prior years and takes into consideration all the Group companies, including sales and service companies. Over 30 sites located across Asia, North America, South America and Europe have provided their 2021 data on economic, social and environmental performance.

  • Sustainability Report 2021 combines financial and non-financial performance indicators
  • 2011-2021: 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton produced. 51.7% renewable source energy achieved
  • ESG criteria (environmental impact (E), social values (S), organizational governance (G)) determine sustainability strategy

The new RadiciGroup Sustainability Report has been published. With the goal of continuous improvement, the 2021 report has a broader reporting boundary compared to prior years and takes into consideration all the Group companies, including sales and service companies. Over 30 sites located across Asia, North America, South America and Europe have provided their 2021 data on economic, social and environmental performance.

Not only indicators of a financial nature but also measures of environmental impact (E), social values (S) and good organizational governance (G): the latter so-called ESG criteria have become a priority for RadiciGroup, which is preparing for the new European Union non-financial reporting directive in order to contribute to the transition towards a fully sustainable economic system and increase the value of its companies.

On the environmental front, the themes of climate change and decarbonization are RadiciGroup priorities and part of a policy aimed at the uncoupling of growth and resource usage. The Group undertakes to lower emissions from production and choose limited-impact energy sources. This commitment is confirmed by the numbers: in the 2011-2021 period, total emissions per metric ton produced were reduced by 60%, while renewable source energy used by the Group reached 51.7%. Specific investments to decrease environmental impact are ongoing: in 2021, EUR 3.1 million were allocated to introduce best available techniques and improve emissions abatement and energy efficiency.

RadiciGroup promotes professional growth by valuing competence and investment in training: Group training hours once again rose after the pandemic period from 36,000 hours in 2020 to 46,000 hours in 2021. The training method was often a hybrid, taking advantage of aspects experimented with during the pandemic, that is, less traveling and use of facilities in favour of higher groupwide attendance, without the need for participation limits. Fifty-five percent of total training hours was dedicated to health and safety, which has yielded positive results based on the related indicators.

Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup: “Today, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our main guideline on sustainability issues. It shows us an ambitious scenario and urges us to confront a multitude of challenges that affect our enterprise from every point of view. We try to be quick to react and tenacious, staying faithful to our roots and our style, but expanding our perspective to become increasingly more competitive and proactive in the businesses we are engaged in. From the viewpoint of achieving less environmental impact in the future, we propose to be an enabler and facilitator for our stakeholders on themes such as the circular economy, where we see ourselves as protagonists in ecodesign and recycling, as well as innovation, which we put at the service of anyone who is processing and using our products, so as to offer real sustainability solutions together.”

Source:

RadiciGroup

(c) Beaulieu International Group
14.07.2022

Das France Relance-Programm stärkt die Stabilität von B.I.G. Yarns Comines

Am 13. Juli empfing B.I.G. Yarns Comines (FR) eine Delegation von institutionellen Vertretern im Rahmen des France Relance-Programms.

Ende 2021 wurde B.I.G. Yarns Comines als einer der Preisträger für das Programm der französischen Regierung ausgewählt, das sich stark auf die Beschleunigung des Wirtschaftswachstums konzentriert.

Das zu diesem Zweck geschaffene France Relance-Programm zielt darauf ab, Unternehmen nach der Covid-Krise finanziell zu unterstützen und die Erholung der Wirtschaft zu gewährleisten. Es gibt Unternehmen, die sich für zusätzliche Beschäftigung, die Stärkung von Kompetenzen (Beschäftigung, Ausbildung), Innovation, Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und natürlich Nachhaltigkeit einsetzen, Sauerstoff.

Am 13. Juli empfing B.I.G. Yarns Comines (FR) eine Delegation von institutionellen Vertretern im Rahmen des France Relance-Programms.

Ende 2021 wurde B.I.G. Yarns Comines als einer der Preisträger für das Programm der französischen Regierung ausgewählt, das sich stark auf die Beschleunigung des Wirtschaftswachstums konzentriert.

Das zu diesem Zweck geschaffene France Relance-Programm zielt darauf ab, Unternehmen nach der Covid-Krise finanziell zu unterstützen und die Erholung der Wirtschaft zu gewährleisten. Es gibt Unternehmen, die sich für zusätzliche Beschäftigung, die Stärkung von Kompetenzen (Beschäftigung, Ausbildung), Innovation, Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und natürlich Nachhaltigkeit einsetzen, Sauerstoff.

Die finanzielle Unterstützung ermöglichte es B.I.G. Yarns, die Produktionskapazität seiner erstklassigen 1-Schritt-3-Schicht-PA-Garntechnologie durch die Installation neuer, hochmoderner Produktionslinien am Standort Comines um 20% zu erhöhen. Die neuen Anlagen nutzen die hochmoderne PA-Garntechnologie von B.I.G. Yarns, die den Herstellern von Teppichfliesen mehr Freiheit in Bezug auf Design, Kontrast und Farbe, aber auch eine gesteigerte Flexibilität bietet. Dadurch können die Kunden schneller auf neue Entwicklungen auf dem Vertragsmarkt reagieren.

Auch den Mitarbeitern und der Umwelt kommt diese technologische Neuentwicklung zugute. Der spezifische Energieverbrauch wird ebenfalls optimiert und trägt so zur Energieeinsparung am Standort bei.

Neben der Stärkung und Erneuerung der Produktionsinfrastruktur und -technologie konzentrierte sich B.I.G. Yarns auch auf die Entwicklung neuer innovativer Produkte, die zu den Nachhaltigkeitsbemühungen seiner Kunden beitragen.

So wird B.I.G. Yarns zum ersten Mal PET-Garne produzieren und seinen Kunden in der Automobilindustrie ein völlig neues Portfolio an PET-Garnen anbieten können.

Dieses strategische Verstärkungsprojekt wird sicherstellen, dass sich B.I.G. Yarns Comines in einem sehr anspruchsvollen und sich schnell verändernden Markt, der von hohen Rohstoff- und Energiepreisen, starkem Wettbewerb und einer schwankenden Nachfrage, die den gesamten Sektor betrifft, geprägt ist, nachhaltig behaupten kann. Außerdem tragen alle Umsetzungen dazu bei, die CO2-Bilanz zu reduzieren, was sicherstellt, dass B.I.G. Yarns weiterhin eine nachhaltige Zukunft für seine Kunden, seine Mitarbeiter und die Gemeinschaft aufbauen kann.

Source:

Beaulieu International Group / EMG

13.07.2022

VUB: Hybrid threads based on ultrafine metallic micro-wires

After three years, VUB a.s again got the chance to actively participate in the European trade fair Techtextil 2022m being present at a joint stand of Czech companies active in production and application of technical textiles, organized by Clutex - Cluster Technical Textiles.

In cooperation with partners from academic and production sphere many products were developed over the past years, sold by VUB under the brand Clevertex. For the presentation at the fair, a wide range of ESD protective clothing for the electrotechnical industry and for each worker dealing with electrostatic discharge sensitive components was on display. As well as another product line of the Clevertex brand representing wearable skincare textile products with antiseptic effects based on purely natural textile materials.

After three years, VUB a.s again got the chance to actively participate in the European trade fair Techtextil 2022m being present at a joint stand of Czech companies active in production and application of technical textiles, organized by Clutex - Cluster Technical Textiles.

In cooperation with partners from academic and production sphere many products were developed over the past years, sold by VUB under the brand Clevertex. For the presentation at the fair, a wide range of ESD protective clothing for the electrotechnical industry and for each worker dealing with electrostatic discharge sensitive components was on display. As well as another product line of the Clevertex brand representing wearable skincare textile products with antiseptic effects based on purely natural textile materials.

Attention was paid to the advanced solutions for smart textiles and e-textiles products esp. electrically conductive hybrid threads based on ultrafine metallic micro-wires. A significant advantage of these threads lies in their full compatibility with standard textile manufacturing processes, and possibility of customization in terms of fineness, electrical conductivity and temperature resistance of individual thread. As an example of one of the applications of conductive threads, different types of woven elastic conductive ribbons were demonstrated, which could be used as bus bars or as textile conductors wherever a variable length of conductive element is required without the negative influence on their electrical resistance during the change the length.

More information:
VUB micro-wires
Source:

VÚB a.s.
 

13.07.2022

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook – July 22

SUPPLY, DEMAND, & TRADE
The latest USDA report featured reductions to figures for both world production and mill-use for both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 crop years.  For 2021/22, the global production estimate was lowered -0.7 million bales (to 116.2 million) and global consumption was lowered -1.9 million bales (to 119.8 million).  For 2022/23, the global production forecast was lowered -1.2 million bales (to 120.7 million) and global consumption was lowered -1.6 million bales (to 119.9 million).

With the decreases in use exceeding the declines in production, figures for global ending stocks increased.  For 2021/22, the projection rose +1.1 million bales (to 84.0 million).  For 2022/23, the forecast increased +1.6 million bales (to 84.3 million).

At the country-level, the largest changes to 2021/22 production were for Brazil (-400,000 bales to 12.3 million) and Uzbekistan (-100,00 bales to 2.7 million).  The largest changes for the 2022/23 harvest were for the U.S. (-1.0 million bales to 15.5 million) and Brazil (-200,000 bales to 13.0 million).

SUPPLY, DEMAND, & TRADE
The latest USDA report featured reductions to figures for both world production and mill-use for both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 crop years.  For 2021/22, the global production estimate was lowered -0.7 million bales (to 116.2 million) and global consumption was lowered -1.9 million bales (to 119.8 million).  For 2022/23, the global production forecast was lowered -1.2 million bales (to 120.7 million) and global consumption was lowered -1.6 million bales (to 119.9 million).

With the decreases in use exceeding the declines in production, figures for global ending stocks increased.  For 2021/22, the projection rose +1.1 million bales (to 84.0 million).  For 2022/23, the forecast increased +1.6 million bales (to 84.3 million).

At the country-level, the largest changes to 2021/22 production were for Brazil (-400,000 bales to 12.3 million) and Uzbekistan (-100,00 bales to 2.7 million).  The largest changes for the 2022/23 harvest were for the U.S. (-1.0 million bales to 15.5 million) and Brazil (-200,000 bales to 13.0 million).

It may be notable that there were no upward country-level revisions for mill-use in either 2021/22 or 2022/23.  The largest revisions for 2021/22 included those for China (-1.0 million to 37.0 million), Vietnam (-400,000 bales to 6.9 million), Bangladesh (-300,000 to 8.0 million), Pakistan (-100,000 bales to 10.9 million), and Uzbekistan (-100,000 bales to 2.7 million).  For 2022/23, consumption estimates were lowered for China (-500,000 bales to 37.5 million), India (-500,000 bales to 25.0 million), Bangladesh (-300,000 bales to 8.6 million), and Vietnam (-300,000 bales to 7.1 million).
The global trade forecast for 2022/23 was lowered -1.1 million bales (to 46.4 million).  The most significant changes on the import side included those for China (-500,000 bales to 10.0 million), Bangladesh (-300,000 bales to 8.5 million), and Vietnam (-300,000 bales to 7.2 million).  On the export side, the largest updates included those for the U.S. (-500,000 bales to 14.0 million) and Australia (+300,000 bales to 6.0 million).
 
PRICE OUTLOOK
Recent volatility was not limited to the cotton market.  A wide range of commodities lost significant value in June.  Between June 9th and July 5th (dates chosen unsystematically to describe the magnitude of declines), cotton fell -25% (NY/ICE December futures), corn fell -19% (Chicago Board of Trade, December contract), soybeans fell -17% (Chicago Board of Trade, November contract), wheat fell -25% (Chicago Board of Trade, December contract), copper fell -20% (London Metal Exchange, nearby), and Brent crude oil fell -12% (ICE, nearby).

The breadth of losses throughout the commodity sector suggests a sea change in investor sentiment for the entire category.  The effects of inflation, the withdrawal of stimulus, rising interest rates, and concerns about a possible recession could all be reasons explaining a reversal of speculative bets, and all could be contributors to the losses.  While the macroeconomic environment can be expected to continue to weigh on prices, there are also supportive forces for the market that are specific to cotton.

The current USDA forecast for U.S. cotton production is 15.5 million bales, and it may get smaller over time because of the severe drought in West Texas.  The current harvest figure is two million bales lower than the 2021/22 number and is equal to the five-year average for U.S. cotton exports (2017/18-2021/22).  On top of exports, the U.S. will need to supply domestic mills with 2.5 million bales.  The last time the U.S. had a severely drought-impacted crop (2020/21), the harvest was only 14.6 million bales.  In that crop year, the U.S. was able to export more than it grew because it had accumulated stocks in the previous year.  The U.S. is coming into the 2022/23 crop year with low stocks.  This suggests U.S. shipments may have been rationed.  Since the U.S. is the world’s largest exporter, this may lend some support to prices internationally.

More information:
cotton Cotton USA Cotton Inc.
Source:

Cotton Incorporated

13.07.2022

Nominations for RISE® Innovation Award Accepted until July 15

  • RISE® – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference – Returns In-Person

Nonwovens innovators will convene in-person for RISE® – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference – the industry’s premier conference on nonwovens science and technology, Sept. 27-28 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The 12th edition of RISE returns live to Talley Student Union after being held virtually over the last two years. The event is co-organized by INDA and The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. Registration is now open at the RISE® website. https://www.riseconf.net/

Experts in product development, material science, and new technologies will come together for this insightful two-day conference focused on promising technology developments, future needs and market opportunities. Participants will have opportunities to exchange views on innovative nonwoven technologies and applications, furthering INDA’s strategic initiative to connect and convene the industry.

  • RISE® – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference – Returns In-Person

Nonwovens innovators will convene in-person for RISE® – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference – the industry’s premier conference on nonwovens science and technology, Sept. 27-28 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The 12th edition of RISE returns live to Talley Student Union after being held virtually over the last two years. The event is co-organized by INDA and The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. Registration is now open at the RISE® website. https://www.riseconf.net/

Experts in product development, material science, and new technologies will come together for this insightful two-day conference focused on promising technology developments, future needs and market opportunities. Participants will have opportunities to exchange views on innovative nonwoven technologies and applications, furthering INDA’s strategic initiative to connect and convene the industry.

The 2022 RISE® program will focus on breaking developments in responsible sourcing of nonwoven inputs, realistic end-of-life options, and circularity opportunities in the world of nonwovens and engineered materials with thought leaders presenting on these cutting-edge topics.

Innovations that solve problems and advance the nonwovens industry will be recognized with the 2022 RISE® Innovation Award. The award will be presented Sept. 28 in the culmination of the event. Companies can self-nominate products online http://www.inda.org/awards/rise-innovation-award.html until July 15.

RISE® participants will have the special opportunity on Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to tour The Nonwovens Institute’s $50 million-plus, 60,000 square-foot facilities featuring state-of-the-art equipment, pilot lines and analytical facilities, and attend a networking reception at the on-campus Lonnie Pool Golf Course Clubhouse. The tour will be limited to 50 attendees and advance response is required. The reception will be open to all attendees.

Speaker Snapshot

A few topics that will be addressed by visionary speakers at RISE® include:

  • North American Economic Outlook - Robert Fry, Jr., Ph.D., Principal, Robert Fry Economics LLC
  • Sustainable Fibers – Developments and the Future - David Grewell, Ph.D., Director, Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Achieving Supply Chain Circularity - Redesigning Plastics to be Recyclable-by-Design - Kat Knauer, Ph.D., Program Manager - V Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Novel Biobased Resins Outperforming Plastics and Other Biodegradable Biopolymers - Steven Sherman, CEO, BioLogiQ, Inc.
  • Stereochemistry Strategies to Toughen Sugar-Based Polymers and Degradable Elastomers - Matthew Becker, Ph.D., Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor, Duke University
  • Biobased Multicomponent Structures Providing Unique Characteristics and Sustainable Properties to Nonwovens - Kristel Beckers, Senior Application Technician, Total Corbion PLA

 

More information:
INDA RISE® nonwovens
Source:

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Bremer Baumwollbörse
11.07.2022

36. International Cotton Conference Bremen 29. / 30. September

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

  • Experten-Outlook Rohstoffe
  • Experten-Outlook Fracht
  • Experten-Outlook Finanzen

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. laden am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird den Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein anspruchsvolles Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und lebhaften Diskussionsrunden geboten.

„Die Keynotes in Bremen haben sich in den letzten Jahren zu einem anspruchsvollen Programmpunkt vor dem eigentlichen Tagungsprogramm herauskristallisiert. Hochkarätige Experten sprechen zu Themen, die die Rohstoffwelt bewegen und wirtschaftlich herausfordern“, betont Elke Hortmeyer, verantwortlich für Kommunikation und Internationale Beziehungen der Bremer Baumwollbörse und Mitorganisatorin der International Cotton Conference.

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

  • Experten-Outlook Rohstoffe
  • Experten-Outlook Fracht
  • Experten-Outlook Finanzen

Die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. laden am 29. und 30. September zur 36. International Cotton Conference Bremen ein. Unter dem Motto „Cotton Decoded“ wird den Tagungsteilnehmern sowohl in Bremen vor Ort als auch online über eine Tagungsplattform ein anspruchsvolles Programm mit aktuellen Vorträgen und lebhaften Diskussionsrunden geboten.

„Die Keynotes in Bremen haben sich in den letzten Jahren zu einem anspruchsvollen Programmpunkt vor dem eigentlichen Tagungsprogramm herauskristallisiert. Hochkarätige Experten sprechen zu Themen, die die Rohstoffwelt bewegen und wirtschaftlich herausfordern“, betont Elke Hortmeyer, verantwortlich für Kommunikation und Internationale Beziehungen der Bremer Baumwollbörse und Mitorganisatorin der International Cotton Conference.

Auch auf der bevorstehenden Tagung werden die beiden Konferenztage von starken Keynotes eingeläutet. Am Donnerstag wird Colin Iles, Executive Manager, Marketing Cotton & Sugar beim international agierenden Rohstoffkonzern Glencore/Viterra, Rotterdam, einen Blick in die Baumwollzukunft werfen.

Als zweiter Speaker der Eröffnungssession hat Nils Haupt als Sparringspartner seine Teilnahme zugesagt. Haupt ist Kommunikationschef der Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg, der größten Reederei Deutschlands und der fünftgrößten Reederei der Welt. Haupt wird die Zukunft der Seeschifffahrt, Nachhaltigkeitsfragen in der Fracht thematisieren und auch auf die Herausforderungen innerhalb der globalen Lieferketten eingehen.

Am zweiten Tagungstag dreht sich alles um Finanzen. John Baffes ist Rohstoffexperte der Weltbank in Washington, D. C. und leitender Wirtschaftswissenschaftler in der Gruppe „Entwicklungsperspektiven“ der Weltbank. Derzeit verantwortet er den „Commodity Markets Outlook“, eine vierteljährlich erscheinende Publikation der Weltbank mit Schwerpunkt auf Rohstoffmarktanalysen und Preisprognosen.

Ein Speaker aus einem anderen Bereich der Finanzen kommt aus Frankfurt: Jörg de Vries-Hippen ist Chief Investment Officer und Mitglied des European Executive Committee von Allianz Global Investors. Allianz GI entwickelt seit zwei Jahrzehnten Anlagestrategien für institutionelle und auch private Kunden aus aller Welt, die ihr Vermögen mit Blick auf die Zukunft sichern. Die Marktexpertise des Unternehmens reicht von Industrie- bis zu Schwellenländern, von Einzelländer- bis zu globalen Strategien. Das Anlagevolumen beträgt 637 Mrd. EUR.

Bremer Abend Spezial
Auch in diesem Jahr laden die Bremer Baumwollbörse und das Faserinstitut Bremen zur Bremen Cotton Night. Sie steht im Zeichen des 150-jährigen Jubiläums der Bremer Baumwollbörse und findet diesmal im Bremer Übersee-Museum statt: Zeitgleich beginnt im Museum eine Ausstellung zur Kulturgeschichte der Baumwolle. Sie wird so auch den internationalen Gästen der Baumwolltagung zugänglich gemacht.

Die Internationale Baumwolltagung findet diesmal im Jubiläumsjahr der Bremer Baumwollbörse statt. Der Verband wurde 1872 gegründet wurde und feiert in diesem Jahr seinen 150. Geburtstag. Tagungsort ist die Handelskammer zu Bremen in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft der Baumwollbörse. Die Handelskammer vertritt seit 1451 die Interessen des Bremer Handels und steht mit der Bremer Baumwollbörse in enger Verbindung.

Auf der Tagungshomepage www.cotton-conference-bremen.de sind Anmeldungen möglich. Dort finden sich auch regelmäßig aktualisierte Informationen zur Tagung.

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Bremer Baumwollbörse

10.07.2022

IVC warnt vor von Energiekosten getriebenen Insolvenzen

In einem offenen Brief an den Bundeswirtschaftsminister, Dr. Robert Habeck, hat die Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. nachdrücklich eine Öffnung des Dialogs zur Überwindung der aktuellen Energiekrise gefordert.

Die Analyse der aktuellen energetischen Rahmenbedingungen führe zu dem Schluss, dass – wenn nicht gegengesteuert werde - bis zum Ende des laufenden Jahres Chemiefaserproduzenten an deutschen Standorten ihre Werkstore endgültig schließen müssten. Der Verband rechnet mit einem großen Verlust der zurzeit mehr als 7 000 Hightech-Arbeitsplätze im Bundesgebiet.

Ohne ausreichende Energielieferungen werde es am Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland künftig weder neue innovative Produkte noch einen Qualitätswettbewerb geben, in dem sich deutsche Unternehmen behaupten könnten. Vielmehr würden sich die Verarbeiter von Chemiefasern durch den Wegfall deutscher Qualitätsprodukte in Richtung Asien orientieren.

In einem offenen Brief an den Bundeswirtschaftsminister, Dr. Robert Habeck, hat die Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. nachdrücklich eine Öffnung des Dialogs zur Überwindung der aktuellen Energiekrise gefordert.

Die Analyse der aktuellen energetischen Rahmenbedingungen führe zu dem Schluss, dass – wenn nicht gegengesteuert werde - bis zum Ende des laufenden Jahres Chemiefaserproduzenten an deutschen Standorten ihre Werkstore endgültig schließen müssten. Der Verband rechnet mit einem großen Verlust der zurzeit mehr als 7 000 Hightech-Arbeitsplätze im Bundesgebiet.

Ohne ausreichende Energielieferungen werde es am Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland künftig weder neue innovative Produkte noch einen Qualitätswettbewerb geben, in dem sich deutsche Unternehmen behaupten könnten. Vielmehr würden sich die Verarbeiter von Chemiefasern durch den Wegfall deutscher Qualitätsprodukte in Richtung Asien orientieren.

Bemühungen und Recherchen der Chemiefaserindustrie, die Energieknappheit kurzfristig durch die Nutzung alternativer Energieformen als Substitut für Erdgas zu überbrücken, hätten sich als nicht durchführbar erwiesen. Als einziger Weg bleibe der Umbau der Anlagen von Erdgas- auf Erdölfeuerung, was nichts anders bedeute, als dass ein zur Herstellung von Chemiefasern benötigter Rohstoff verfeuert werde, um deren Produktion sicher zu stellen – vergleichbar mit einem Bäcker, der Getreide verbrenne, um seinen Ofen betreiben und Brot backen zu können.

Die Chemiefaserbranche sei davon überzeugt, dass es die äußeren Umstände dringend geböten, für einen zu überbrückenden Zeitraum ideologiefrei nach technischen Lösungen zu suchen und diese zu diskutieren. Es müsse in einer kritischen Situation möglich sein, vorurteilsfrei und sachlich alle technisch verfügbaren Optionen von Kernenergie bis alternativer Ostseepipeline, von Fracking bis LNG, von Windkraft bis Solarenergie zu prüfen und deren Eignung unter Abwägung aller Folgen zu bewerten.

Der Brief im kompletten Wortlaut steht hier zum Download zur Verfügung.

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IVC Energiekrise Erdgas
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Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V.

07.07.2022

Successful SMCCreate design conference in Antwerp

With over 60 participants from Europe and Turkey, the first SMCCreate Design Conference took place in Antwerp from 28-29 June. The conference was jointly organised by AVK – Federation of Reinforced Plastics and the European Allicance for SMC BMC. The topics covered the wide spectrum of SMC and BMC manufacturing, from design to sustainability solutions. 16 speakers from different European countries showed what is important in component manufacturing and design, and which solutions the companies offer in regard to materials, performance and much more.

After an overview of the general market developments and how the economic requirements affect component manufacturing, the focus was on the possibilities to enable sustainable design with SMC/BMC. In the second conference section „part design“, the topics of design and modelling, design with structural analysis and flow simulation, standards, and best class solutions as well as surface modification were presented.

With over 60 participants from Europe and Turkey, the first SMCCreate Design Conference took place in Antwerp from 28-29 June. The conference was jointly organised by AVK – Federation of Reinforced Plastics and the European Allicance for SMC BMC. The topics covered the wide spectrum of SMC and BMC manufacturing, from design to sustainability solutions. 16 speakers from different European countries showed what is important in component manufacturing and design, and which solutions the companies offer in regard to materials, performance and much more.

After an overview of the general market developments and how the economic requirements affect component manufacturing, the focus was on the possibilities to enable sustainable design with SMC/BMC. In the second conference section „part design“, the topics of design and modelling, design with structural analysis and flow simulation, standards, and best class solutions as well as surface modification were presented.

A rather newer field was highlighted on Day 2 with Carbon SMC, discussing mobility and automotive applications. These included the integration of multiple material technologies, not forgetting the possibility of implementing green deal strategies here too. The advantages of SMC in automotive components for electrification were explained in more detail. The conference concluded with a sporty presentation on the development of a carbon SMC rear frame for a downhill mountain bike.

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AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e. V.