Textile Technology section
Cinte Techtextil China: meet onsite and online
Cinte Techtextil China will take place Shanghai/China from September 2-4, 2020. The event gathers the technical textiles and nonwovens sectors.
Under the special circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Cinte Techtextil China has launched 2 special services this year for both exhibitors and visitors to enjoy the fair efficiently and safely onsite, as well as conveniently and virtually online.
For visitors who will not be coming to Shanghai, there will be free access to the exhibitor search platform and to match virtually with favorite exhibitors. It will also be possible to send enquiries to exhibitors and video chat with them. For visitors who visit the show in person there will also be free access to the exhibitor search platform. Additionally, they will be able to schedule meetings with exhibitors.
To ensure exhibitors and visitors are meeting in a safe, hygienic venue, numerous health care practices will be arranged.
For further information: www.techtextilchina.com
Affix: New product Si-Quat to kill the corona virus
Affix, Helsinki/Finland, launches a new product to help combat the Covid-19 virus. Si-Quat combines a safe and well-established disinfectant and a proprietary chemical binding technique, so that the active ingredient can kill viruses, including Sars-Cov-2. It is a versatile anti-viral surface treatment that has been scientifically proven to last for months on any surface or textile while effectively killing the Covid-19 pathogen upon contact. The product is based on the disinfectant quaterny ammonium which is chemically bound to align silane quaternary ammonium molecules (silane quats) in an effective manner. Positively charged nitrogen particles actively attract viruses and bacteria, penetrating the membranes and killing them within minutes. Testing has shown Si-Quat to adhere to almost any surface. Due to its strong layer, the solution wears down on surfaces after many touches or multiple cleaning cycles.
Lenzing: achieved gold status in the sustainability rating of EcoVadis
The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, for the 3rd time in a row, was awarded by the gold status in the CSR rating of the sustainability ratings agency EcoVadis SAS, Paris/France. The methodology framework assesses companies’ policies and actions as well as their published reporting related to environment, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Lenzing is thus one of the leading 2 % of all assessed companies in its industry. The assessment covers the 4 most important CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practices: environment, fair working conditions and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Lenzing’s ambitious climate target represents an important component of the company’s strategy and the responsibility towards future generations. In the 2019, Lenzing became the world’s first producer of wood-based cellulosic fibers to strategically commit to a climate-neutral production. This vision is to be put into practice by 2050. By 2030, the company aims to achieve an interim goal of reducing emissions by 50 % per ton of product compared to 2017. In its rating, EcoVadis also emphasized the longstanding practice of sustainable procurement in the Lenzing Group. Responsible procurement of raw materials is another key element in the company's sustainability.
Ascend: Surgical mask in development with Acteev technology
On June 13, 2020, the manufacturer of fiber technologies Ascend Performance Materials, Houston, TX/USA, has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a 510(k) premarket notification for clearance to market its Acteev technology in a pair of high-efficacy surgical masks to protect against SARS-CoV-2. The masks, a nanofiber and a microfiber nonwovens version each branded under the Acteev Biodefend line for medical devices, deliver a one-two punch of antiviral properties plus top-level barrier protection against microbes, harmful airborne particles and fluid splatter. Acteev technology has been shown in laboratory tests to deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, and other pathogens. The testing was conducted following the protocols of ISO, ASTM or other international standards organizations. Ascend submitted its first 510(k) to the FDA last month. That submittal requests clearance to market a Level I surgical mask that is effective against SARS-CoV-2. Also last month, Ascend launched Acteev Protect, an antimicrobial line of protection specially formulated to guard against the growth of fungi, bacteria and other microbes to keep textiles and nonwovens fresher for longer. Acteev Protect, available for sale in the USA and select other jurisdictions, can beused to make face coverings, filtration devices, and textiles for upholstery and apparel such as activewear.
FET: pilot scale melt spinning system hits $20 million sales
The supplier of extrusion technology Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd. (FET), Leeds/UK, since its launch in 2015, has taken 50 orders for the FET-100 series, with a value of more than US$20 million. This pilot and laboratory scale melt spinning system can be specified to be multi-functional, allowing for easy and fast conversion between material formats. It configures to all combinations of multifilament, monofilament and melt spinning of nonwoven structures, as required. The FET-100 has been particularly successful in the biomedical and composite sectors since its upgrade to meet the requirements in these demanding fields. This equipment is highly suitable for the development and small volume production of exotic and difficult-to-process biomedical materials, such as resorbable polymers used in medical devices. These include the engineering polymers such as PPSU, PEI, PEEK and PC. FET systems are also suitable for processing sustainable polymer types (S-polyamides, PLA, PHA, S-PET etc.). For composite applications, this equipment facilitates the development and small volume production of pre-cursor synthetic textile materials used in the manufacture of high performance composites. These include so-called “engineering polymers” such as PPSU, PEI, PEEK and PC polycarbonates. FET systems are also suitable for processing sustainable polymer types (S-Polyamides, PLA, PHA, S-Pet etc), ideal for the production of bio-degradable composite materials. The FET-100 Series is complemented by the company’s in-house process development laboratory which allows client trials, proof of concept testing, collaborative research, sampling and prototyping.
ITM 2021: innovative technologies and new products to meet textile investors
The ITM Exhibition, which was planned to be held between June 2-6, 2020, was postponed to June22-26, 2021 due to the troublesome corona virus pandemic. Participating companies in countries that had to interrupt their production, especially Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China, welcomed the postponement of the ITM Exhibition. The countries, holding similar opinions that it is not possible to save from the pandemic without effective drug treatment or vaccine against coronavirus, started normalization process by increasing their protective measures while fighting against the pandemic. The wheels started to turn again in the factories, and production and orders gained momentum. While occurring shortage of mask and protective clothing all over the world, Turkey which has a strong infrastructure in the field of textile, garments, nonwovens has supplied personal protective equipment to the world on the one hand, while meeting its own needs. Turkey has shown that it is one of the largest producers and raw material suppliers of the world and Europe in this process. The major brands and companies in Europe and the USA shifted their orders from China to Turkey. This synergy in the Turkish textile industry will have a positive impact on the ITM 2021 Exhibition.