Textile Technology section
Bremen Cotton Exchange: transferring technology within the cotton industry
"Passion for Cotton!" is this year’s theme for the 35th International Cotton Conference, from March 25-27, 2020, in Bremen/Germany.
Prior to the conference, a seminar on current quality requirements along the textile value chain will be held on March 24, 2020. This seminar will not only consider the cotton industry. All textile fibers will be represented at the event. Plant managers of spinning mills and other textile processing companies, such as knitting and weaving mills, finishing and garment production are especially addressed as participants. However, speakers and partners from areas such as fiber production, yarn trade, textile machinery construction, quality testing technology, textile research institutes and as well as textile and clothing retailers will also be invited to present their views.
Some of the key issues in terms of quality are: What types of requirements are typical in the supply chain today and how are they developing? Which requirements are necessary to avoid complaints about yarn? How do we measure quality and evaluate quality defects?
Often these problems are not directly visible stepping up in the process, but only later in the processing chain. It is therefore not sufficient to look at the individual steps of the chain.
The seminar is organized by the Fiber Institute Bremen and the Bremen Cotton Exchange, both Bremen/Germany, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, and the Industrial Association Finishing, Yarns, Fabrics, Technical Textiles (IVGT), Frankfurt/Germany. It is supported by the German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany.
Lenzing: car concept with biodegradable car seat covers
The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, has partnered with the automotive think tank Rinspeed AG, Zumikon/Switzerland, to introduce highly sustainable fibers for automotive interiors in Rinspeed’s 2019 concept vehicle “microSnap”.
Under the collaboration, Lenzing’s sustainably produced botanic fibers are incorporated in the seat cover fabrics of the “microSnap” to enhance sustainability of the futuristic vehicles, while offering new levels of softness moisture management and body temperature regulating technologies.
Fibers for the trademark “Lenzing for Automotive Interiors” comprise of Lenzing Lyocell and Modal fibers, which are produced from renewable wood sources through eco-responsible production processes and certified as compostable and biodegradable. Combined with the innovative Eco Color Technology, Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers also feature long-lasting color-fastness with color pigment embedded in fibers during production process. This technology has a relatively lower environmental impact than conventional resource-intensive dyeing process, bringing a further upgrade to vehicle sustainability.
The partnership also complements the on-going collaboration with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture automotive interior components using Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers.
Karl Mayer: innovative co-working in Brainstorming Space at Interfilière
A new platform for an individual get-together is offered at the trade fair Interfilière on January 18-20, 2020, in Paris/France, with “Innovative Co-Working”. Here, brand strategists, staff members of start-ups and designer entrepreneurs have the possibility to start conversations with representatives from all areas of the textile supply chain.
One of the innovative partners for an efficient brainstorming is the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, who increasingly also develops textile product concepts, including the topics of Electronic Wearable, Bodymapping for Sportswear, One-Piece Creations for Lingerie and Genre-Mix, especially the combination of Lingerie and Swimwear with Athleisure.
According to Gabriela Schellner (photo), Head of Textile Technology at Karl Mayer, the lingerie business in particular provides diverse development potential through the know-how transfer, especially from the sportswear industry with its high demands on the function of clothing.
BenQ: innovations in waterproof breathability and antibacterial protection
At the ISPO Munich 2020 on January 27, 2020, BenQ Materials Corp., Taoyuan/Taiwan, will present the new brand Xpore and new innovations in fabrics for waterproof breathability and antibacterial protection.
The new Xpore uses Nanopore technology to let fabrics breathe properly. At the heart lies a unique, ultra-thin membrane with 6.5 billion nanopores per cm². These pores are 20,000 times smaller than water droplets, and therefore perfectly shield from the rain. However, they are still large enough to allow water vapor from sweat and air currents to pass through.
Unlike competitive products, Xpore is free of harmful PFCs and solvents, meaning this technology achieves true breathability and keeps wearers healthy, dry and comfortable. The new membrane technology has received SGS and ITS certifications. ISO certification has been approved and applications are underway for TAF, Bluesign and Oeko-Tex for factories.
Hexcel: HiTape dry carbon tapes for racing skis by Madshus
The composites company Hexcel Corp., Stamford, CT/USA, is collaborating with the ski manufacturer Madshus A/S, Biri/Norway, on the engineering of a range of next-generation dry carbon fiber tapes for Madshus’ cross-country racing skies. Hexcel’s new HiTape dry carbon tapes produce less fuzz in production and meet tight tolerances for aerial weight and width. The company is now delivering nearly 500,000 lm of HiTape per year with strong customer demand forecast to increase volumes in the very near future.
HiTape is a dry UD tape, manufactured with industrial grade fiber with aerial weights from 120 - 250 g/m² and widths between 38 - 47mm. Dry fiber tows are sandwiched between lightweight thermoplastic veils on the upper and lower faces. The lack of fiber splices and cut filaments give a clean product, suited for automated production processes.
Hexcel’s new HiTape Dry Carbon Tapes for Madshus Skis will be on display at the Ispo Munich from January 26-29, 2020 in Munich/Germany.
Freudenberg: acquisition of Filc approved
Austrian antitrust authorities approved the complete acquisition of Filc, Škofja Loka/Slovenia, by the technology group Freudenberg SE, Weinheim/Germany. It is effective since December 31, 2019. Filc will be integrated into the Freudenberg Performance Materials Business Group and will continue trading under the name Filc for the time being.
Filc has roughly 360 employees at 3 sites in Slovenia and a sales office in Dayton, OH/USA, and produces needle punch nonwoven textiles and laminated materials, primarily for the automotive and construction industries. With this acquisition, Freudenberg is further expanding its technology portfolio regarding lamination, printing and coating.
EFI: new Chief Technology Officer
The manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), Fremont, CA/USA, has named Dr. Douglas Edwards as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective January 2020. He replaces Ghilad Dziesietnik, who recently retired after nearly 25 years with EFI - the last 14 as CTO.
Edwards has had an extensive career as a senior print executive and R&D technologist. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was CEO of Xaar plc, Cambridge/UK, a leading developer of inkjet print head technologies for industrial printing, and Chairman of Xaar 3D Ltd. - the company's 3D printing joint venture with Stratasys Ltd., Rechovot/Israel.
Edwards, is based in EFI's Manchester, NH/USA, facility. He has several patents, scientific papers and books. He has also published research in textile dyeing, including work on the aqueous solution behavior of anionic azo dyes for textile fibers.
Dyntex: functional textiles made of biosynthetic yarn and biodegradable fabric
With Dyntex Biodegradable the developer and manufacturer of functional materials Dyntex GmbH, Bregenz/Austria, has launched a light functional fabric that only takes 5 years to biodegrade. Dyntex Biological Origin is also light and made entirely from bio-based raw materials. Working with specialists from Japan and Italy, the company invested 3 years into the development of these 2 biosynthetic fabrics.
The yarn for Dyntex Biodegradable is made of the polyamide Amni Soul Eco, which makes it possible to produce fabrics of high quality that weigh only 38 g/m². In addition, they are water-repellent, breathable, fluorocarbon-free, and durable, even under heavy use. In a landfill, functional textiles made of Dyntex Biodegradable materials decompose into CO2, methane, and biomass within just 5 years – this was verified in a laboratory in the USA that tested anaerobic biodegradation pursuant to the international ASTM D5511 (ISO 15985) standard. Standard polyamides typically take 10 times longer to biodegrade. When combined with a biodegradable lining, this makes it possible to manufacture fully biodegradable products.
Dyntex Biological Origin is made entirely from renewable resources, with the castor oil plant serving as the basis for the light functional fabric. With this newly developed collection of materials, manufacturers can completely eliminate the use of fossil resources.
Schoeller: a jacket for all seasons and all weather
How many jackets does one need? Is it possible to individually regulate the warmth of a jacket and adjust the personal feel-good factor? On January 14, 2020, in Berlin/Germany, the textile manufacturer Schoeller Textil AG, Sevelen/Switzerland, launched a technological innovation together with Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn/Germany, und der AlphaTauri Salzburg Sport GmbH, Fuschl am See/Austria: the Heatable Capsule Collection.
While Telekom is brings its technological components to the table, AlphaTauri designed the collection and Schoeller developed the heating technologies and fabrics as well as the electronic components.
The Heatable Capsule Collection kicks off with a jacket and a waistcoat/body warmer in 2 different colors. Wearers decide the level of warmth for themselves in the jacket or waistcoat. The clothing items are operated by app, and individual zones around the pocket and kidney areas can be heated.
The apparel is cross-seasonal, suitable for all cooler types of weather, and practical when travelling, hiking or for other sports. The ideal feel-good temperature can be selected from 2 heating levels and the partially heatable waistcoat can be worn alone or under a jacket.
Thanks to Schoeller E-Soft-Shell heating technology, the heat function is completely integrated into the fabric and localized as closely as possible to the wearer’s body. Furthermore, the inbuilt sensors can measure the microclimate temperature inside the jacket.
Sioen: Jaqueline Sioen deceased
Jaqueline Sioen, the co-founder and director of the solution provider in technical textiles Sioen Industries NV, Ardooie/Belgium, passed away unexpectedly at the beginning of January 2020 at the age of 77.
Together with her late husband, Jean-Jacques Sioen, she founded the company Sioen Industries in 1960. The company grew from a 2-man business to a multinational and Jaqueline Sioen had an active role in this until 2014. In that year, she resigned as CEO of the Apparel Division. She remained a director of the Sioen Industries group until the end.