Textile Technology section
Freudenberg: nonwovens crimping material offers comfort at reduced costs
The producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, is responding to the increased demands of the footwear market with an innovative crimping material made of nonwovens. The new fabric will be presented at the Lineapelle leather goods trade fair in Milan/Italy from February 19-21, 2020.
Freudenberg’s crimping material shows high irreversible deformability and dimensional stability with flexibility and soft material character. In contrast to knitted linings, the multi-directional stretching properties of the material allow uniform longitudinal and transverse stretching over the entire vamp area. A low weight-to-area ratio of the crimping material also leads to further weight reduction of the shoe.
For end users, the wearing comfort is increased, while producers reduce their costs in the production process. This is because the possibility of a direction-independent cutting leads to as much as 10% lower waste. Faster thermoplastic deformability in turn enables shorter production times. After more than 72 hours, the milled sheet still has a 100% accurate impression. At the same time, the high cut edge strength increases the creative possibilities in shoe design.
STFI goes Paris
At trade show for the composite industry JEC World 2020, from March 3-5, 2020, in Paris/France,, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI), Chemnitz/Germany, presents the latest developments in the field of fiber-reinforced materials for the automotive, transport and construction sectors.
The focus here is on the use of recyclates in combination with primary materials for resource-saving product developments. The institute also presents a design and manufacturing process for complex, thin-walled building geometries made of concrete. In addition to carbon fiber reinforced plastics, developments involving natural and basalt fibers are also presented.
Comez: 4-in-1 warp knitting machine for R&D
The new DNB/EL-32 is an electronically controlled warp knitting machine from the producer of textile machinery Comez International, Cilavegna/Italy, with double needle bed that is especially designed for the development and production of complex and sophisticated textiles.
Because of its versatility and flexibility, the DNB/EL-32 is the ideal machine for research and development processes in textile laboratories. Among the several innovative features on the DNB/EL-32 are the introduction of an electronically controlled 12 bar configuration and electronic long shifting device. The combination of these elements allows a high number of different configurations, since the machine can be designed with 8 or 12 bars, all electronically controlled. Further available configurations include a design with 2 central DLTs and 8 bars, or 2 external DLTs and 6 bars.
Rajby: 1st C2C Platinum Standard for a denim fabric
Rajby Textiles, Karachi/Pakistan, is the first company in the world to have achieved the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Platinum Standard for a product. Its Beluga denim fabrics have gained the ultimate sustainability score in all 5 categories covered by the C2C standard, which is acknowledged as involving the toughest and most thorough testing and assessment it is possible to put a product through.
The C2C Certified Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process, aiming to achieve a circular economy approach. The 5 quality categories on which products are graded are material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.
So far, the C2C Certified Product Registry lists 612 separate products, with 113 being Gold standard. Rajby has already achieved Gold for its Greenmystery and Blue Magic denim fabrics.
With a 10,000-strong workforce, Rajby has a monthly production of 3.2 million m of denim and 1.3 million finished garments. Its advanced technology includes a denim finishing range comprising washing compartments, padder, a weft straightener, cylinder dryers, a levelling field, a compressive shrinking unit, felt calender, inspection table and an outlet combination from A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany. With a working width of 2 m, the complete installation has a length of 42 m.
Navis Tubetex: 6 meter wide nonwovens machine
The producer of finishing machinery for the textile industry, Navis Tubetex, Lexington, NC/USA, has launched a 6 m wide nonwovens machine serving the automotive marketplace. The line comprises stenter with dryer, accumulation, inline inspection, rewind section and includes a sophisticated integrated controls package.
The 6 m line runs a wide range of nonwoven goods. This makes it suitable for wider production runs while providing waste reduction. Complementary, wide-format machinery especially for nonwovens production is currently being engineered. The launch is expected in the first quarter of 2020.
DyStar: resignation from ETAD to join TEGEWA
The manufacturer of textile auxiliaries and dyes, Dystar Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore, has resigned from Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD), Basel/Switzerland, and has joined the Association of Manufacturers of Process and Performance Chemicals (TEGEWA), Frankfurt/Germany, as a member since January 2020.
The executive decision to leave ETAD and join TEGEWA was made after careful considerations during the periodical reviews and business alignment sessions on current global business needs, market demands and customers’ requirements. The company concluded the immediate need to work with an organization that can better represent and support the chemical industry in a fast and challenging environment and at the same time provide essential support to the textile chemical producers, the brands and retailers, among other stakeholders in the worldwide supply chain.
TEGEWA, being a sector association within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Frankfurt/Germany, is also actively involved in the work of VCI. The association has over 100 members and represents manufacturers of chemical substances and mixtures, such as surfactants, textile, paper and leather auxiliaries, colorants, cosmetic raw materials, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants and allied products.
Suominen: innovative and more sustainable nonwovens
In financial year 2019 the net sales of nonwovens producer Suominen Corp, Helsinki/Finland, decreased by 4.6% to €411.4 million. Sales of Americas business area were €261.7 million (2018: €259.9 million) and sales of Europe business area €149.8 million (2018: €171.3 million).
In 2019, the share of nonwovens for baby wipes was 40% (2018: 39%), for personal care wipes 22% (2018: 22%), for home care wipes 20% (2018: 20%), for workplace wipes 9% (2018: 9%) and for medical & hygiene applications 8% (2018: 8%).
Suominen expects that in 2020, its comparable operating profit will improve from 2019, when operating profit amounted to € 8.1 million (+76%).
A new strategy, which was announced in the beginning of January 2020, is targeting growth by creating innovative and more sustainable nonwovens for the customers. Also, the profitability through more efficient operations and by building a high performance culture will be improved.
Water UK: soluble wet wipe awarded Fine to Flush accreditation
The world’s first 100% environmentally friendly soluble wet wipe that dissolves in seconds when immersed in water has been awarded the Fine to Flush accreditation by Water UK, London/UK. Fine to Flush is the new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely. The new wet wipes from McCormack Innovation, Kirkcaldy/UK, are not only flushable, they are also biodegradable for landfill.
Wet wipes are the principal cause of 50-70% of blockages in UK sewers. There are around 300,000 sewer blockages each year, costing the country in excess of £100m annually. The majority of wet wipes contain various synthetic fibers, which makes their disposability problematic and time consuming. Some wet wipes could take as long as 100 years to biodegrade.
Performance Days: Inspired by Nature – From Natural Fibres to Green Treatments
The new focus topic of the Performance Days in Munich/Germany is “Inspired by Nature – From Fibres to Green Treatments”. The trade fair for functional fabrics from April 22-23, 2020 will host approx. 300 exhibitors from 29 countries.
At the upcoming Performance Forum, fabrics will be presented that offer functions such as climate and temperature management, moisture transport, water repellency or waterproofing, UV-protection, and odor control based on natural processes. Others provide improvement for the athlete's general performance or an increase in comfort.
These fabrics must not only provide a functional added value, but must also meet strict criteria with regard to sustainability.
All the 24 fabrics, which are presented on the Focus Topic Wall must achieve their function through a natural and environmentally friendly approach. By implementing these strict selection criteria, the trade fair underlines its consistent stance on sustainability.
Rieter: new contracts for CHF 30 million signed in Cairo
At the Swiss-Egyptian Investment Forum on February 3, 2020 in Cairo/Egypt, the Cotton & Textiles Holding Company, Cairo/Egypt, and textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, signed additional contracts related to the modernization program for the Egyptian textile industry.
In the presence of H.E. Hisham Tawfik, Minister of the Public Sector of the Egyptian Government, and Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, the contracts were signed by Dr. Ahmed Moustafa, Chairman of the Cotton & Textiles Holding Company, and Dr. Norbert Klapper, CEO of Rieter.
The total volume of the contracts sums up to around CHF 210 million, including the contracts which had been signed at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona and which represent a volume of around CHF 180 million.
Rieter expects the full amount of orders to be booked as order intake in the 1st half year (H1) of 2020. So far, CHF 165 million have been booked.