Textile Technology section
Andritz: New market opportunities for Amarande with new cylinder pre-needler
For the production of heavy felts from natural fibers, the international technology Group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, received an order from Amarande SAS to supply an elliptical cylinder pre-needler for their plant in Lussac les Châteaux/France. The new needlepunch production line is scheduled for start-up in the 2nd quarter of 2021.
Andritz offers a full range of elliptical cylinder pre-needlers serving different weights, widths, speeds and punching capacity: PA.169, PA.2000 and PA.3000. The machines offer particular advantages in the production of heavy articles, special applications and for demanding application areas such as the automotive industry.
Amarande is specialized in the production of felt and wadding from recycled textile and natural fibers (wool, cotton, hemp, flax, jute, etc.). The company operates in various markets such as furniture, green spaces, horticultural crops, and insulation.
ITA/AMAC: cooperation for business development in composites
To strengthen and develop their business activities in composites, the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, and their ITA GmbH, has entered into a cooperation with industrial and business consulting company AMAC GmbH, Aachen.
The ITA develops complete solutions from the manufacturing of the fiber itself over the processing of textile intermediates with thermoplastic and thermoset resins, textile-based part manufacturing, capabilities such as braiding, pultrusion and in-situ impregnation of textile preforms. Top 3 focused industries are transportation and particularly the e-mobility sector, building and construction as well as the wind energy sector. Additionally, ITA GmbH is the partner of the industry in R&D, focusing on 8 business segments, providing technology and knowledge transfer, as well as offering comprehensive solutions along the entire textile value chain.
The background of the strategic cooperation with focus on composites is the long-term experience and know-how with all aspects of continuous fibers, nonwovens and web-based reinforcements which allows the ITA to deliver to the composite manufacturers a complete technology and service offer around the development of technical textiles.
Oerlikon: AGM confirms board members
At the 48th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) of technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, Prof. Michael Süss was re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jürg Fedier (photo) was elected as a new member of the Board, while Paul Adams, Irina Matveeva, Alexey V. Moskov, Gerhard Pegam and Dr. Suzanne Thoma were all re-elected as members of the Board. Furthermore, shareholders approved the re-election of Michael Süss, Alexey V. Moskov, Gerhard Pegam und Suzanne Thoma as members of the HRC and the election of Paul Adams as a new member of the HRC.
All elected Board members will serve a 1-year term.
adidas: shoes made with underground roots of mushrooms
Made from renewable mycelium, the underground roots of mushrooms, Mylo is a new mushroom-based material innovation that looks and feels like leather.
The material from sporting goods producer adidas AG, Herzogenaurach/Germany, uses a process that takes advantage of a cutting-edge vertical agriculture technique, allowing the mycelium to be grown in a space-efficient system that increases the yield/m², with growth taking less than 2 weeks.
Mylo material is versatile as it can take on any color, finish or emboss. The concept shoe Stan Smith Mylo has an outer upper, perforated 3 stripes, heel tab overlay and premium branding made with Mylo. The midsole of the shoe is made with natural rubber.
The new concept was made possible through a unique and collaborative partnership with technology company Bolt Threads Inc. Emeryville, CA/USA.
Rieter: new managing director of SSM
SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG, Wädenswil/Switzerland, a subsidiary of the textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, has appointed Per Olofsson as managing director and member of the SSM Group’s management team effective April 1, 2021.
Olofsson holds an MSc in Supply Chain and Operations Management from the University of Liverpool/UK, and an Executive MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne/Switzerland.
He joined the Rieter Group in 2013 and is an experienced operations manager with a proven management track record at both local and global level.
BontexGeo: acquisition of Stratex
The manufacturer of geotextiles BontexGeo Group, Zele/Belgium, acquires 100 % of the shares of the Stratex SA, Delémont/Switzerland. Stratex is specialized in the sale of geosynthetic and building products with a strong market position in Switzerland.
Through this acquisition, BontexGeo will confirm its leading position in the market of geosynthetics and will further expand its product offering.
Stratex will remain operational under the same name, as part of the BontexGeo Group still with Philippe Kiener as President of Stratex.
Gore: implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
A strategy to implement social and environmental programs is being introduced by the Technical Oriented Fabrics (TOF) business unit of the producer of functional textiles W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, DE/USA.
The Sustainability Framework reflects the Gore Fabrics Division´s commitment to protecting people and the environment while prolonging product life and the well-being of people at the same time. For the TOF Business Unit, this framework particularly reflects its continued effort to maximize the societal value Gore delivers through its operations, supply chains and innovations, as well as a commitment to reduce the environmental footprint that Gore’s operations and products have on the planet.
It is informed by global trends and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of worldwide accepted goals leveraged by many global companies as a "blueprint" to achieve a better world. From these UN goals, Gore identified 6 strategic areas as most relevant to Gore, as these represent the key global challenges in the apparel and footwear industry.
Shima Seiki: digitally transformation of the fashion supply chain
On April 27-29, 2021, at the 36th Spinexpo trade fair in Shanghai/China, the manufacturer of flat knitting machines Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, will introduce its new ApexFiz subscription-based design software. This is the latest addition to Shima Seiki’s proven SDS-one Apex series design system lineup.
Whereas previous Apex-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one proprietary hardware/software package, for the first time the company has released its new ApexFiz as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual computers. Maintaining proven functions that have made the Apex series so popular with fashion designers, with ApexFiz those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and business environments of the “new normal” including teleworking and telecommuting. ApexFiz software supports the creative side of fashion from planning and design to colorway evaluation, realistic fabric simulation and 3D virtual sampling. Otherwise known as “digital twins”, virtual samples are a digitized version of sample making that are accurate enough to be used effectively as prototypes, replacing physical sampling and consequently reducing time, cost and material that otherwise go to waste. This technology thereby helps to realize sustainability and digitally transform the fashion supply chain.
Jeanologia: 100% elimination of waste and pollution for jeans by 2025
In partnership with Cone Denim, Greensboro, NC/USA, Jeanologia, Paterna/Spain, announces their Mission Zero goal and showcases authentic, sustainable options for denim from fabric to finish.
The Mission Zero commitment is the 100% elimination of waste generated in denim manufacturing and finishing from the fabric to the final garment, reducing water usage to near zero amounts and returning clean water back into nature.
ConeDenim currently uses Jeanologia’s G2 Ozone finishing ranges, lasers and Bluescan machinery. Additionally, the company is in the process of installing a Zero Liquid Discharge wastewater treatment system at the mill in Northern Mexico. These investments will enable to make significant advances towards Cone’s 2025 water usage reduction goal.
The production of blue jeans brought some undesirable consequences like excessive usage of water, chemicals, and energy that negatively impact the carbon footprint. That is why it is important to immediately bring together the efforts of all those involved to change denim production processes.
Asahi Kasei Europe: new location and R&D center in Düsseldorf
In March 2021, the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center of the producer of fibers, chemicals and electronics, Asahi Kasei Corp., Osaka/Japan, relocated from Dormagen to the new location in Düsseldorf/Germany. By uniting European sales, marketing and R&D activities, the compnay further enhances its business approach towards the European automotive industry.
In the new showroom the company displays its materials and solutions for the future automotive, ranging from sustainable microfiber materials for interior seat and headliner coverings to innovative foam products and separators for battery applications. The adjacent hall building is home to the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center, with laboratory space for various materials, such as engineering plastics, synthetic rubber, as well as for battery and coating materials.
Already in November 2020, Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH and its sister company Asahi Kasei Microdevices Europe GmbH started office operation at the new “C-View Offices” at Düsseldorf Harbour.