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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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More information: Sioen Jaqueline Sioen Obituaries

CIRFS: personnel changes in environmental and technical department

On December 31, 2019, Ali Akdag retired form the European Man-Made Fibers Association (CIRFS), Brussels/Belgium. He represented and defended the man-made fibers industry on environmental and technical matters at European level.
As of January 1, 2020, the environmental department is led by Dr. Jochen Ballach, head of the technical and environmental department in Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. (German man-made fiber association), Frankfurt/Germany.
The technical department, including the International Bureau of Standardization of Man-made Fibres (BISFA), Brussels, and responsible for standards, fiber names, burning behavior and European R&D items, is led by Dr. Bernard Defraye.

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