Textile Technology section
Baldwin: installation of 6 precision spray systems for textile manufacturers
To enhance productivity, the manufacturer of finishing systems Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, installed 6 new fabric finishing and sanforizing precision spray systems in the US and Turkey. The installations were completed in 60 days.
For textiles, nonwovens and technical textiles, Baldwin’s precision spray technology processes a wide range of low-viscosity water-based chemicals, such as softeners, anti-microbial agents, water repellents, oil repellents, flame retardants and more.
These systems enable fabric producers to significantly reduce chemical and water consumption, while speeding up production times and eliminating production steps, including drying and bath changeovers when switching fabric colors.
In North Carolina/USA, 2 new TexCoat G4 precision spray systems are now in production with major international vertical manufacturers of outdoor living, performance fabrics and automotive fabrics.
In Georgia/USA, a major vertical manufacturer of workwear and protective fabrics installed a sanfor precision spray system, which has helped the customer obtain deeper penetration of moisture into fabrics treated with durable repellents.
In Turkey, 3 new TexCoat G4 systems were installed in Çorlu, northwest of Istanbul, for a large producer of knit fabrics, such as T-shirts.
Dilo: new production line for Foss Floors
To further enlarge the production capacity of Foss Manufacturing Company LLC (Foss Floors), Rome, GA/USA, a specialist in needled carpeting, has ordered a new production line from nonwovens machinery manufacturer DiloGroup, Eberbach/Germany.
DiloGroup has engineered this latest high-tech production system together with Foss, tailor-made for their needs. It will have a large production capacity at high fiber throughput rates, comprising fully automatic fiber opening and blending from Dilo Temafa, carding from Dilo Spinnbau in a wide working width, high-speed crosslapping as well as preand finish needling, designed for final product widths over 6 m. The specialty Di-Loop machine with high-speed feature in a working width of 6.5 m will complete this production plant for the Di-Loop carpet sector.
In recent years, Foss Floors has become a major player in this sector of Di-Loop carpeting to include structured surfaces in rib and patterned quality. Mainly because of high quality requirements for the carpet product and a wide range of modern design patterns, needlefelt floor covering appeals greatly to architects and contractors for homes and commercial buildings. The range of unique patterns and colors impresses by its timeless designs. The aim of gaining highly efficient additional capacity corresponds to a high demand for this particular carpeting from Foss Floors.
Messe Frankfurt: reorganizing of trade fair calendar in spring 2021
The current situation with respect to the corona pandemic and the associated international travel restrictions have caused Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Frankfurt/Germany, is reorganizing its trade fair calendar in spring, focusing on new synergies and digital supplements. Up to and including March 2021, no physical trade fairs will be held at the Frankfurt venue.
The international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil 2021, has been postponed from the planned dates in January until May 4-7, 2021 and will take place in Frankfurt parallel to the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil 2021, and the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials Texprocess 2021.
As the first digital B2B marketplace for Home & Living, the platform Nextrade offers an order and data-management portal for the entire sector. Since 2019, this service (www.nextrade.market) has been used by clients from the Ambiente, Tendence and Nordstil trade fairs. From 2021 the portal will also be available to clients from the Heimtextil, Christmasworld and Creativeworld in order to extend the physical participation in trade fairs and enable orders to be made year-round.
In China, on the other hand, 13 major trade fairs organized by Messe Frankfurt GmbH at various locations have already been held in recent weeks.
As far as Covid-19 is concerned, exhibition halls are among the safest covered buildings in which people can stay without being exposed to an increased risk of infection. Fresh air can be supplied frequently, and combined with the various individual measures in the hygiene concept it would be possible to hold business meetings. However, against the background of the renewed tightening of official and, above all, internal company travel restrictions, the current pandemic is leading to increasing uncertainty among trade fair customers.
RadiciGroup: focus on sustainability with set up of a non-profit consortium
The manufacturer of synthetic fibers and yarns, RadiciGroup, Gandino/Italy, has announced the founding of Radici InNova, a non-profit consortium. The new company’s main object is the development of new research and innovation projects for the chemical, high performance polymers and advanced textile solutions sectors, in accordance with the Radici Group sustainability strategy.
Radici InNova renews and strengthens RadiciGroup’s commitment to a development model that balances economic profitability with environmental sustainability and social equity.
By leveraging international competencies and targeted relationships with 3rd parties, Radici InNova will manage and coordinate all the Group’s strategically essential research activities, with the objective of strengthening the role of innovation as a driver for RadiciGroup development. Furthermore the new company will actively foster the continual improvement of products and processes, while optimizing the use of resources and lowering the environmental impact of its activities.
FibrXL: bio-based high-performance fiber
To create a more sustainable future in the technical textile industry and to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within 10 years, the supplier of fibers FibrXL Almere/Netherlands, has introduced the first bio-based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, a bio-based Dyneema fiber manufactured by DSM Protective Materials LLC, Greenville, NC/USA, as of October 2020.
For the production of the new bio-based UHMWPE Dyneema fiber, a by-product from the wood pulp industry is used as a sustainable resource to produce renewable ethylene feedstock. Based on the mass balance approach, the bio-based fiber is manufactured in such a way that the final product is identical to the fossil-based yarn. Bio-based Dyneema fiber will help customers further reduce their carbon footprint while continuing to rely on the same established performance.
In August 2020, FibrXL organized a hackathon that marked the start of their ambitious approach towards a brighter and greener future called Project Helix. Together with industry partners covering the complete value chain from yarn spinners, manufacturers, logistic partners, recycling companies and related authorities they shared experiences, insights and visions to jointly shape the future conditions to stay successful in business.
Performance Days: focus on circular economy in functional textiles
Nothing to Waste – Closing the Loop is the focus topic of the 25th edition of the trade fair for functional fabrics Performance Days on December 9/10, 2020 in Munich/Germany. Closing the loop means nothing is wasted, not even time, as recycled clothing gets recycled again and again.
Despite all recycling ambitions, there are still challenges to make more efficient use of textile waste as a resource. Difficulties include the fact that production, consumers and disposal are far apart in a global world, there is a lack of expert knowledge from the other industries, and there is an absence of international standards or political support.
With the new Focus Topic, the Performance Days have chosen a subject that not only affects their own industry. The textile industry has long been recycling its own waste for more efficient production, and it also recycles PET bottles, i.e. materials from outside the industry.
In line with the topic, facts but also visions will be discussed in expert panels. The Performance Forum jury will choose a selection of recycled materials, such as PET bottles in yarns, recyclable mono-component materials or even blends, shirts that decompose to biomass in a cradle-to-cradle approach, etc., which will then be presented at the Performance Forum.
Freudenberg: new state-of-the-art nonwovens line to reduce CO2 footprint
With the installation of a new sustainable spunlace line in Tayuan Tao-Yuan, Taiwan/China, the producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, will begin production of nonwovens for diverse markets. Artificial intelligence (AI) is used on the line developed by Freudenberg to detect variances in the material and for automatic adjustments. Furthermore, a high-grade IR camera identifies small melt defects. This technology enhances filament distribution for increased material uniformity, which in turn provides customers with ease of processing the nonwovens for a variety of applications.
In addition to new, proprietary technology, the production line features enhancements to reduce environmental impacts. All parts used in construction were selected based on their energy efficiency to lessen CO2 emissions during operation.
The Taiwan site also invested in a new recycling system to recycle all start-up materials as well as scrap materials during normal operations; the recycling line will help the team in their goal to reach zero-waste operations. The spunlaid line will also run partially on solar energy supplied from panels installed on site early last year.
Sandler: new production line for nonwovens for face masks inaugurated
To establish German supply chains for medical protective masks the the nonwovens manufacturer Sandler AG, Schwarzenbach a.d. Saale/Germany, has formally inaugurated a new production line for nonwovens for face masks together with Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, on August 26, 2020.
In early April, the nonwovens manufacturer from Schwarzenbach/Saale had announced the investment in a new line to increase production of nonwoven filter media for face masks and thereby expand its contribution to the security of supply of these products. The new nonwovens line enables the production of filter media for about 600 million mouth-nose-protection masks a year and had started production on schedule in mid-August. Among many investment initiatives announced in response to the bottlenecks caused by the pandemic, this line is one of the first to come on stream to establish German supply chains for medical protective masks. Also Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister of Health, had sent a video message, congratulating and thanking the company for its commitment.
Sandler began putting the new line into operation. In September, it will commence 24/7 operation.
In May 2020, Sandler AG, PIA Automation Amberg GmbH, Amberg/Germany, and Zettl Automotive GmbH, Weng/Germany,had established the „Mask-Alliance-Bavaria”. Together, they set up an entire value chain for the manufacture of face masks in Bavaria/Germany.
Cinte Techtextil China: more pandemic-related products
Taking place this week on September 2-4, 2020 in Shanghai/China, the Cinte Techtextil China will be one of the 1st in-person events for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry to be held this year. Coupled with the fact that industrial output figures for China continue their steady recovery, while demand has surged for certain technical textile and nonwoven products due to the coronavirus, strong results are expected at the fair.
While 12 application areas are covered at Cinte Techtextil China, ranging from Clothtech, Geotech and Medtech to Mobiltech, Protech and Sportech, certain areas such as Medtech and Protech are set to experience higher demand this year.
With the surge in demand for Medtech and Protech related products and technologies in recent months, the fair’s new Medical and Protective Zone has attracted a wide range of suppliers. Domestic Medtech exhibitors in the zone will feature a range of products such as disposable masks, automatic foldable respirator masks, nonwoven protective clothing, as well as machinery for production and processing including for ear-loop welding, breathing valve perforation and mask bagging.
Cotton Council International (CCI) will exhibit at Cinte Techtextil China for the first time. They will promote US cotton spunlace fabrics, wipes, kitchen tissues, facial masks, cosmetic removers and more. They will also have a focus on sustainability with a new protocol, The US Cotton Trust Protocol, which sets a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton.
Cinte Techtextil China will also provide the chance for buyers who cannot attend in-person. By pre-registering, they have access to the exhibitor search platform where they can match with their chosen exhibitors, then send enquiries and even conduct video chats with these suppliers. For buyers attending the fair in person, they can access the same search platform, and schedule meetings with their chosen exhibitors during the fair.