Textile Technology section
Kyocera: named as "Supplier Engagement Leader
Kyocera Corp., Kyoto/Japan, was recognized for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout its value chain. For the 2nd consecutive year and based on the 5th annual survey of suppliers of international non-profit organization CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), London/UK, Kyocera has been recognized as a "Supplier Engagement Leader."
Through the global disclosure system created by CDP, the environmental impact with focus on the 3 areas climate change, forest sustainability and water security of companies can be disclosed. In particular, Kyocera was recognized for its leading qualities in environmental transparency and behavior, receiving an "A" grade among the more than 5,800 companies evaluated in 2020.
In addition, Kyocera's environmental awareness was also recognized by the Wall Street Journal last year, and was named to the list of the 100 most sustainable companies in the world.
JEC/AVK: new composites event for DACH region
On November 23-24, 2021, the 1st edition of the JEC Forum DACH will take place in Frankfurt Germany at Messe Forum. JEC Group, Paris/France, and the Federation of Reinforced Plastics e.V. (AVK), Frankfurt/Germany, have joined forces to organize a new annual event for the DACH Region, dedicated to all forms of Composites and their applications. It will be rotating to different cities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria every year.
JEC Forum DACH will include pre-arranged business meetings between sponsors and attendees as well as sponsors workshops. The event will present content such as an extensive composites conferences program, the annual AVK market overview – also available via live streaming technology for remote participants — and the prestigious AVK-JEC Innovation Awards.
The JEC Startup Booster competition will also be introduced in the DACH region for the first time.
JEC Forum DACH will also provide a Composites Tour to enable participants to visit key players of the local composites ecosystem on November 25, 2021.
Teijin: nanofiber made from rPET
The fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, claims to have developed the first nanofiber to be made from recycled polyester raw materials. With this new technology a new version of its Nanofront ultra-fine polyester can be produced.
Teijin Frontier expects filaments and textiles made with this new version of Nanofront made from recycled polyester materials to replace conventional Nanofront made from petroleum-derived raw materials in a wide range of fields, including sportswear, functional clothing, industrial uniforms and more. These rPET nanofibers offers the same functions as conventional Nanofront.
In recent years, the demand for Nanofront has expanded in a wide range of fields due to growing needs for materials offering high functionality, such as absorbency and grip, and very good comfort including soft texture and low skin irritation. Meanwhile, the demand for recycling raw materials is rapidly increasing, but it has been difficult to mass produce ultra-fine fibers made from recycled polyester due to needs for high-level polymer control and spinning.
Teijin Frontier has now developed new polymer-control and spinning techniques for Nanofront made from recycled polyester materials. The key was the company’s proprietary “sea-island” composite-fiber processing technology, which distributes 2 types of polymers into the fiber’s "sea" and "island" parts, then dissolves and removes the "sea" part using an alkaline, etc. treatment, and finally extracts only the "island" part as raw yarn.
We are SpinDye: sustainable dyeing technology for H&M’s collections
From April 15, 2021, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), Stockholm/Sweden, will launch the latest Innovation Stories collection, Color Story from H&M. For these textiles a very resource-efficient dyeing process of spin-dyeing company We are SpinDye, Stockholm/Sweden, is used. By using this technology when dyeing textiles, water consumption is reduced by 75 % and chemical consumption by as much as 90 % compared with traditional water dyeing of fabric.
Reports show that dyeing alone accounts for almost 24 % of the resources consumed during a garment's entire lifetime. From raw material, through production and use to recycling or in the worst case the landfill. In just one year, the clothing industry uses 9 billion m³ of water and 168 million tons of process chemicals to dye fabrics. By using the We are SpinDye technology the wet dyeing can be avoided completely by adding color pigments to the fiber in the same moment as the fiber is made. In this way, water, chemicals and CO2 can be reduced to a minimum.
The fact that more companies in the fashion industry must pay attention to the negative environmental effects that occur when dyeing textiles has been big driving force for alternative dyeing technologies.
Euratex: EU textiles strategy for long term competitiveness
2021 should be a turning point for the European textile and apparel industry. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, is concerned that the corona crisis may soon be followed by disruptions in the global supply chains, affecting the competitiveness of the textile and apparel industry.
Economic data up to December 2020 reflect a strong contraction in demand and production of textile and clothing items, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the full year 2020, the EU turnover fell by 9.3% in textiles and by 17.7% in clothing, compared with 2019. The crisis was particularly felt in the middle of the year (with production losses over 50%). Towards the last quarter of 2020, business activity recovered in the textile industry (+1.6% as compared with the previous quarter), while it further deteriorated in the clothing sector (-6.8%), as a result of the decline in consumption expenditure and the slowdown in non-essential activities.
Looking forward, the EU Business Confidence indicator of March 2021 gained momentum, with a confirmed upward trend in the textile industry (+3.8 points), and a modest recovery in the clothing industry (+1.6 points). Also, the employment expectations indicator saw a robust increase.
However, raising prices of raw materials (textile fibers, dyestuffs, etc.) and transport costs, negative impact of CO2 prices and political turmoil in some important sourcing countries (China, Myanmar) create uncertainty, adding to the challenges of the corona pandemic.
On that basis, 2021 will be a critical year for the competitiveness of the European T&C industry. A forward-looking EU textiles strategy is essential in this context. The EU textiles strategy is expected for the 3rd quarter of 2021. While it is expected to put a strong focus on sustainability and circularity, Euratex insists the strategy should take a broader perspective and ensure long term competitiveness of this essential pillar of the European economy.
FET: new laboratory spinning system for driving technological innovations
In Indonesia at the Center for Textile, Bandung, a new FET-100 Series Laboratory Melt Spinning System for continuous filament yarn applications has been installed by the supplier of extrusion technology Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd. (FET), Leeds/UK.
The Center for Textile, Balai Besar Tekstils of Bandung, has the task of carrying out research, development, cooperation, testing, certification and competency development of the textile sector, under the control of the Ministry of Industry (Kementerian Perindustrian). The Ministry has a stated objective that Indonesia becomes a “Resilient Industrial Country” - strong, competitive and based on innovation and technology.
The FET-100 system will play a vital role in driving technological innovation in the Indonesian textile industry. The nation’s fiber manufacturers now have access to advanced melt spinning facilities for developing and testing their own novel fibers for global applications. This laboratory melt spinning system is multi-polymer capable and can produce both mono and bi-component formats.