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Durst: new headquarters and Customer Experience Center

The manufacturer of digital printing machines Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen/Italy, has opened a new headquarter and Customer Experience Center in Brixen.
The Customer Experience Center in the 5,700 m² headquarters embodies the transformation into a highly specialized, high-tech business. The integrated concept has been incorporated into the architecture of the building as it connects a new administrative block with production facilities.
Durst employs more than 700 people and has more than 20 subsidiaries across the world.


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Itema: new technical textiles division Itematech

Having recently signed an agreement for the business lease of and PTMT srl (formerly Panter), Grandino/Italy, the provider of advanced weaving solutions, Itema SpA, Colzate/Italy, will launch its new textiles division, named Itematech, at the Techtextil in Frankfurt/Germany from May 14-17, 2019. The new company will be exclusively dedicated to producing weaving machines for the benefit of technical fabrics weavers.
Technical fabrics industry differs significantly from standard fabrics production, since it involves highly innovative man-made fibers and yarns and addresses end markets characterized by particular trends. Thanks to the strong know-how resulting from the merger of the expertise and competences between the 2 weaving manufacturers, Itematech will offer a wide range of technological solutions to weave technical fabrics, with a e product portfolio which ranges from negative and positive rapier, to air-jet and projectile weaving machines.

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Research and Markets: global technical textile market +4.5%/year

The global technical textile market was valued at $234.7 billion in 2017, and is projected to reach $335 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2018 to 2025. A technical textile is a type of material, which is developed to meet the specified high-performance needs of a particular application. In addition to their aesthetic characteristics, technical textile products and materials possess enhanced mechanical, electrical, durable, thermal, and functional properties which makes them usable in various end-use industries such as automotive, construction, industrial, medical and others.
The growth of the global technical textile market is driven by increase in production of automobiles, rise in construction activities, and upsurge in demand from the healthcare sector. Moreover, the market is expected to experience considerable growth with government legislations mandating the use of geosynthetic textiles in various infrastructure development projects. In addition, in the emerging economies, majority of the consumption of the technical textiles will be through imports, while some countries have their own production facilities.
The report “Technical Textile Market, by Type, Material Type, and End-use Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025” published by Research and Markets, Dublin/Ireland, in November 2018 provides extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of the current trends and future estimations of the global technical textile market from 2017 to 2025 to determine the prevailing opportunities.


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Schoeller: sustainable ecological portfolio

With a focus on sustainability, the ecological portfolio of the textile manufacturer Schoeller Textil AG, Sevelen/Switzerland, includes, among other things, genuine upcycled products, recycled, recyclable wear2wear woven and knitted fabrics or bio-technologies based on sustainable raw materials.
wear2wear is an innovative industry partnership for high-quality, sustainable clothing. Cutting-edge production systems turn textile fibers from used clothing into new, functional fabrics. The Econyl Reclaiming Program from Aquafil SpA reduces the quantity of waste material occurring worldwide by collecting regenerative resources from waste disposal sites and the oceans and returning them to the production cycle.
High-quality textiles have a long service life and can remain in use for longer. The fabric properties are also further improved by smart textile technologies such as water- and dirt-repelling functions. This helps preserve the environment and cuts down on the use of resources.
Under the patronage of UN Climate Change and in keeping with the Paris Agreement, Schoeller, together with other leading companies in the global fashion sector, has decided to tackle the effects of the apparel industry on the climate along the entire value added chain and signed the UN Charter for Climate Action.


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Spinnova: award for sustainable fiber

A sustainable fiber innovation from Spinnova, Jyväskylä/Finland, a spin-off of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Espoo/Finland, has won a Fast Company’s annual World Changing Ideas Award. Fast Company is a monthly American business magazine that focuses on technology, business and design, and Spinnova was chosen the winner of the Experimental (New!) category award.
The awards honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. Now in its 3rd year, the awards showcase 17 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions. A panel of judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries. The Experimental (New!) category that Spinnova won is for concepts, prototypes and just-launched ideas that have the potential to change how we think about an issue.
Spinnova is developing a breakthrough method that can produce textile-ready fiber out of cellulose without a dissolving process or harmful chemicals. The company has recently entered a piloting phase in the development after recently completing its industrial scale pilot line in Finland, and will now start carrying out product development projects with brand partners. In practice, this means making prototypes of commercial textile products, where part or all of current materials will be replaced with Spinnova’s cellulose-based fiber.


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Intertextile: Pavilion Shenzhen returns

The Shenzhen international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories – Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen – will be held from July 4-6, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province/China. The fair takes place alongside the 19th China International Fashion Brand Fair, a fashion garment event.
Around 1,000 exhibitors are expected to join Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen 2019, and will display a wide range of fabric product categories including man-made, knitted, silk, linen/ramie, wool, denim, sportswear/functional, lace and embroidery and swimwear/lingerie, as well as yarn and fiber, and accessories. Furthermore, new product groups will be featured, including OEM, sewing equipment and textile additives to further fulfil buyers’ diverse sourcing needs.
This year, returning international pavilions include the Taiwan Pavilion featuring knitted, jacquard, lace and embroideries, woven fabrics, functional and denim fabrics, and the Korea Pavilion which will display a wide range of ladies wear fabrics.
The Fine Japan Zone will cover a range of high-quality cotton and man-made fabrics for ladies wear as well as casual wear.


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TITV/Karl Mayer: Additive manufacturing for the textile industry

The combination of new technologies, such as 3D printing, and the traditional textile sector opens up many opportunities for product development. Individual design and functionalization of textiles using 3D printing are the first interesting applications.
To explore these possibilities the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e. V. (TITV), Greiz/Germany, in cooperation with Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH Obertshausen/Germany, will host a workshop entitled “Additive manufacturing for the textile industry”. After its great success last year, the event will be held for the second time on May 13, 2019 in Obertshausen. 9 speakers from research and practice will highlight the topic of additive manufacturing.
For further information: www.karlmayer.com/de/additive-fertigung-in-der-textilindustrie/


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Lectra: new digital cutting solution

With the Versalis 2019, the supplier of integrated technology solutions for textile and flexible materials Lectra SA, Paris/France, revealed a new digital leather cutting solution. Adapted to automotive production needs and promising higher productivity and performance capabilities, Versalis 2019 offers solutions for Industry 4.0. With good cutting quality, value-added software, and complete range of services, Versalis 2019 improves productivity and nesting efficiency performance thanks to innovative equipment and software design based on customer participation and feedback. Cutting precision is improved substantially thanks to the use of a large pressure plate that flattens wrinkles before the start of the cutting operation to deliver a higher level of quality performance and production standardization.
Versalis 2019 integrates seamlessly with a company’s legacy IT systems. The addition of an application programming interface (API) connector ensures compatibility with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) to have access to production data and set dedicated key performance indicators (KPI).

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Garmon: new sustainable bleaching products

At the Kingpins Show in Amsterdam/Netherlands, from April 10-11, 2019, the supplier of chemical solutions for the apparel industry, Garmon Chemicals, Serravalle/San Marino, presented solutions for a completely sustainable bleaching, in full compliance with greenofchange requirements, a new platform for sustainability, requirements.
The latest innovation of Garmon’s volcanic R&D department is Avol Lime, a new and ecologically advanced neutralizing agent. Used in combination with Avol Oxy White, the bleaching agent, which represents a safe alternative to potassium permanganate, allows a safe and sustainable bleaching process to be obtained.
greenofchange is Garmon’s platform that offers a new approach for sustainability in the fashion industry. To respect the greenofchange guidelines, garments must be treated with certified Garmon chemicals, through a finishing process based on the efficient use of resources. One of the latest novelties of the platform presented at the Kingpins Show is the special hangtag including a QR code that can be featured on all garments whose finishing process complies with greenofchange requirements. After scanning the code, precise information on the amount of natural resources that were saved in the finishing of that single garment are provided, along with all information related to the safety of the chemical compound with respect to the environment, workers and end-consumers.

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ICAC: global consumption projected to reach record high in 2019/20

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington DC/USA, presents figures on global cotton production and consumption in the 2019/20 season.
While the global cotton industry continues to face a number of challenges — trade uncertainties, slowing economic growth and weakening demand — consumption is still expected to set an all-time high in 2019/20, reaching 27.3 million tons (+1.4%). That record-breaking number still won’t be enough to keep global ending stocks from rising by the end of the 2019/20, however. Total production is projected to reach 27.6 million tons (+5.7%), a number boosted in part by a 6 % increase in global yields, which should leave 17.7 million tons in the world’s warehouses at the end of next season.
According to ICAC’s price projection, changes in market fundamentals — particularly the stocks-to-mill-use (SMU) ratio outside of China — will drive a decrease in the A Index, which is now expected to drop to 81.25 cents per pound in 2019/20.


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