Textile Technology section
Baldwin: new president and CEO
The manufacturer of innovative process-automation technology Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, has appointed Joe Kline as its new president and CEO, effective January 17, 2020. Acting CEO Kyle Chapman will continue as Baldwin’s Chairman, and focus on BW Forsyth Partners’ rapidly expanding portfolio. In 2012, Forsyth acquired then public Baldwin and took it private.
Prior to joining Baldwin, Kline served as the president of a division in the electrical sector of power management company Eaton, Irvine, CA/USA.
Kline’s appointment follows the 2019 appointments of 4 Baldwin business segment presidents: Rich Bennett at AMS Spectral UV, Tomas Anderbjer at Baldwin Precision Applications, Vince Balistrieri at Baldwin Vision Systems, and Matt Shishikura at Baldwin Japan.
Teijin Aramid: Peter ter Horst appointed CEO
The high-performance fiber producer Teijin Aramid BV, Arnhem/Netherlands, has appointed Peter ter Horst as the company’s new President and CEO effective April 1, 2020. ter Horst succeeds Gert Frederiks, who will continue in an advisory role before retiring one year later.
Peter ter Horst joined Teijin Aramid in 2006 and brings relevant experience to his new role as CEO. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the company since 2011, having previously held strategy and controller positions.
Gert Frederiks and Peter ter Horst have worked closely together since the early 2010’s, focusing on cost leadership and investments in new technologies, products and capacity. As a result, Teijin recently announced production capacity increase in Delfzijl and Emmen/Netherlands, contributing to 25% targeted capacity increase from 2017 until 2022.
Durst: industrial textile printing segment restructured
The manufacturer of digital printing machines Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen/Italy, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. Dr. Stefan Kappaun (photo), a member of Durst Group’s executive team, succeeds Martin Winkler as the new segment manager.
Kappaun heads the ink business for all segments as Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids. He is a technical chemist with a focus on polymer science and a trained business economist. He is responsible for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. He will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.
Digital textile printing is one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies. It is a sector being targeted by advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers. With the Alpha Series, Durst offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy end-to-end software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing. These products are intended to serve the different requirements of traditional textile manufacturers as well as non-industry service providers and to support customers in the digital transformation.
DNFI: new Chair and Vice-Chair
The Discover Natural Fiber Initiative (DNFI) elected Elke Hortmeyer (photo) as Chair and Dalena White as Vice-Chair of the organization at their annual meeting in Frankfurt/Germany on January 8, 2020.
Hortmeyer is Head of Communications and International Relations for the Bremen Cotton Exchange (BBB), Bremen/Germany, and has served the cotton industry for almost 20 years. She has been active in DNFI since its founding in 2010, is a member of the foreign trade committee of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, and she serves on the ICAC panel on Social, Environmental & Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP). She succeeds the outgoing Chair of DNFI, Terry Townsend.
White is Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) in Brussels/Belgium. She has participated actively in DNFI since 2016 when she joined the IWTO. She has a background in textile manufacturing and apparel sourcing.
The DNFI was created in January 2010 as an outgrowth of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, declared by the United Nations General Assembly. The purposes of DNFI are to advance the interests of all natural fiber industries and to encourage increased use of natural fibers in the world economy. DNFI is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations with interests in promoting natural fibers through collaboration, consultation and cooperation.
(photo: Bremer Baumwollbörse)