Textile Technology section
Suominen: innovative and more sustainable nonwovens
In financial year 2019 the net sales of nonwovens producer Suominen Corp, Helsinki/Finland, decreased by 4.6% to €411.4 million. Sales of Americas business area were €261.7 million (2018: €259.9 million) and sales of Europe business area €149.8 million (2018: €171.3 million).
In 2019, the share of nonwovens for baby wipes was 40% (2018: 39%), for personal care wipes 22% (2018: 22%), for home care wipes 20% (2018: 20%), for workplace wipes 9% (2018: 9%) and for medical & hygiene applications 8% (2018: 8%).
Suominen expects that in 2020, its comparable operating profit will improve from 2019, when operating profit amounted to € 8.1 million (+76%).
A new strategy, which was announced in the beginning of January 2020, is targeting growth by creating innovative and more sustainable nonwovens for the customers. Also, the profitability through more efficient operations and by building a high performance culture will be improved.
Water UK: soluble wet wipe awarded Fine to Flush accreditation
The world’s first 100% environmentally friendly soluble wet wipe that dissolves in seconds when immersed in water has been awarded the Fine to Flush accreditation by Water UK, London/UK. Fine to Flush is the new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely. The new wet wipes from McCormack Innovation, Kirkcaldy/UK, are not only flushable, they are also biodegradable for landfill.
Wet wipes are the principal cause of 50-70% of blockages in UK sewers. There are around 300,000 sewer blockages each year, costing the country in excess of £100m annually. The majority of wet wipes contain various synthetic fibers, which makes their disposability problematic and time consuming. Some wet wipes could take as long as 100 years to biodegrade.
Performance Days: Inspired by Nature – From Natural Fibres to Green Treatments
The new focus topic of the Performance Days in Munich/Germany is “Inspired by Nature – From Fibres to Green Treatments”. The trade fair for functional fabrics from April 22-23, 2020 will host approx. 300 exhibitors from 29 countries.
At the upcoming Performance Forum, fabrics will be presented that offer functions such as climate and temperature management, moisture transport, water repellency or waterproofing, UV-protection, and odor control based on natural processes. Others provide improvement for the athlete's general performance or an increase in comfort.
These fabrics must not only provide a functional added value, but must also meet strict criteria with regard to sustainability.
All the 24 fabrics, which are presented on the Focus Topic Wall must achieve their function through a natural and environmentally friendly approach. By implementing these strict selection criteria, the trade fair underlines its consistent stance on sustainability.
Rieter: new contracts for CHF 30 million signed in Cairo
At the Swiss-Egyptian Investment Forum on February 3, 2020 in Cairo/Egypt, the Cotton & Textiles Holding Company, Cairo/Egypt, and textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, signed additional contracts related to the modernization program for the Egyptian textile industry.
In the presence of H.E. Hisham Tawfik, Minister of the Public Sector of the Egyptian Government, and Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, the contracts were signed by Dr. Ahmed Moustafa, Chairman of the Cotton & Textiles Holding Company, and Dr. Norbert Klapper, CEO of Rieter.
The total volume of the contracts sums up to around CHF 210 million, including the contracts which had been signed at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona and which represent a volume of around CHF 180 million.
Rieter expects the full amount of orders to be booked as order intake in the 1st half year (H1) of 2020. So far, CHF 165 million have been booked.
IFKT: call for abstracts
The 50th International Federation of Knitting Technologists (IFKT) 2020 Congress, which takes place in Belfast/UK from June 9-11, 2020, is focused on the latest scientific and technical advances and innovations in knitted textiles, bringing together various universities, research and technological centers, companies and all those interested in these diverse and analogous areas.
The congress aims to represent a forum for exchanging ideas, presenting the latest developments and trends, proposing new solutions and promoting international collaborations. Topics include, among others, innovation in knitting technology; technical textiles; and finishing treatments of the knitted fabrics.
The federation invites the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentation at the conference, with the deadline for submission of February 21, 2020.
For further information: www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/50th-ifkt-international-conference
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.
ACG Kinna: faster production of finished filter bags
The textile machinery manufacturer ACG Kinna Automatic AB, Skene/Sweden, and ACG Nyström AB, Borås/Sweden, have teamed up with sewing machinery manufacturer Juki Corp., Tokyo/Japan, in the development of a new automated line concept that can considerably speed up the production of finished filter bags.
The new SFL-2000 line is capable of handling a wide range of different filter media, and as an all-in-one solution, can produce high quality and accurate seams to pre-defined parameters, with optional modules allowing for customized constructions. The line can achieve sewing speeds of 10 m/min with all kinds of fold, overlap and stitched seam, and up to 20 m/min with welded bags in widths of up to 1 m. It builds all sewing, welding and taping options into one flexible line to ensure less stops and quicker stops between changes of material, dimensions or joining options.
The line is available in 3 versions – the SFL-2000S for sewn seams, the SFL-2000-W for welded alternatives and the SFL-2000WS employing both joining technologies. The standard version of these lines has a single media roll feeder as standard, but as an option, a second can be added, with a Juki MO-6903G overlock head joining 2 separate materials together in continuous production, without any slow-down of the machine. A custom pre-folding system creates the tubular form of the filter bag and the overlap just prior to the Juki sewing and welding units.
AATCC: Olney Medal for H. Kenneth Greeson
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, has announced H. Kenneth Greeson, manager of Textile Chemistry Research at Cotton Incorporated, as the 2019 recipient of the AATCC Olney Medal. Greeson is being recognized for his work in durable press finishing of cotton. He has spent many years working with durable press chemistry – in particular, resin and cross-linking chemistry – and has made several significant advancements in cotton durable press technology.
Throughout his career, Greeson has applied and shared his knowledge of textile chemistry. His practical work experience, coupled with his textile chemistry education, has allowed him to make some significant contributions to finishes for cotton that enhance the fabric’s characteristics and prolong the usable life of the treated garments.
Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science.
PyroTex: heat resistant fiber for home and outdoor textiles
The first product for end consumers by the fiber producer PyroTex Fibers GmbH, Hamburg/Germany, is a multifunctional blanket that is not only flame-resistant, but also serves as an accessory for living, automotive, outdoor and leisure. The high-tech fiber PyroTex is already used in areas that require fire resistance, for example in aircrafts, workwear or in filtration.
According to Robert Jarausch, managing director of PyroTex, the heat resistant fiber is well suited for the home textiles sector as it has soft, warming and antibacterial properties without the use of chemicals.
The new multifunctional blankets, for example, have been awarded the M1 certificate; the PyroTex fiber is certified in accordance with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex.
Index 2020: 6 free-to-attend seminars
With over 700 exhibitors already booked for the Index 20, the largest global meeting place for players in the nonwovens industry, this year’s even from March 31-April 3, 2020 in Geneva/Switzerland, will be bigger than ever before.
6 free-to-attend seminars in the fields of Filtration, Automotive, Infection Prevention, Geotextiles, Sustainable Nonwovens and Smart Nonwovens will take place. Additional free ‘taster’ tutorials on other sectors will also take place during the show.
The Index Innovation Awards’ nominated products will be showcased in the Index Innovation Lab, with the diverse properties of these highly-engineered structures demonstrated in a special Research & Testing area.
For further information: www.indexnonwovens.com