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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

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dfv media group

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.

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dfv media group
More information: Affix antiviral corona virus

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.

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dfv media group
More information: Lenzing cellulosic fiber

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.

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dfv media group
More information: Ascend face masks

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.

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dfv media group
More information: FET Extrusion Systems

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.

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dfv media group

Karl Mayer: Innovative, digital solutions in coronavirus times

The manufacturer of technical textiles Georg+Otto Friedrich GmbH, Groß-Zimmern/Germany, uses KM.ON’s k.management software of the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, to establish the production performance of its machines, regardless of time and place. The advantages of innovative digital solutions are becoming apparent, especially in these times of coronvirus-induced travel and contact restrictions. The digital k. management solution delivers a well-thought-out dashboard with key figures on the machines used in production. The data ensures that processes are transparent, provides a basis for well-founded decisions and can be called up easily at any time and from any location. In addition to k.management, KM.ON’s customers also appreciate k.innovation for the range of products offered by the Karl Mayer software start-up. The web-based design tool for warp knitting helps to shorten the time to market and, to this end, connects all those involved in the design process with appropriate access rights during the development and design of new products. Customers benefit from efficient teamwork and communication – without needing to travel – throughout the online creative process, from brainstorming to the finished fabric. Pattern data is transferred directly from the software to the machine. This saves time and prevents errors.
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dfv media group
More information: Karl Mayer digital solutions

Andritz: innovative solutions for nonwovens production on Cinte in September

From September 2-4, 2020, the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, will be presenting its innovative nonwovens production and textile solutions at China International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, Cinte Techtextil China, in Shanghai/China. Andritz will promote the Chinese location in Wuxi and focus on the aXcess range. Andritz (China) Ltd.’s Wuxi branch has an experienced platform for production and service specially geared to the Asian nonwovens industry. It manufactures lines for the aXcess product range, which includes complete lines and individual machines for air-through bonding, needlepunch and spunlace processes. The aXcess range has been specially developed for medium capacities. It is a hybrid line concept comprising European and Chinese equipment as the ideal combination to obtain the high added value for each process in the line and offering high flexibility for different business cases. Rising production demands, compact and reliable design, and affordable investment costs are what customers are always seeking for in a competitive market environment. The concept of the neXline wetlaid aXcess, for example, targets smaller and medium production volumes and has been devised for new and existing lines. Chinese nonwovens manufacturers are increasingly requiring higher capacities and top-class quality for spunlace nonwoven products serving local and export markets. neXline spunlace eXcelle with TT card web forming and JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement units reach high capacities.
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dfv media group
More information: Andritz nonwoven production

Brückner: new finishing line for airbags at UTT

The manufacturer of technical textiles UTT Technische Textilien GmbH & Co. KG, Krumbach, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL), Bangkok/Thailand, has installed a state-of-the-art textile finishing line for airbag fabrics from Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg, and Karl Menzel Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co., Bielefeld. In order to develop its key role in this important and innovative market of the automotive industry, UTT has significantly expanded its production capacity for technical dobby and jacquard fabrics at the Krumbach site. The company invested in an additional production building with new weaving machines and also in a modern and innovative textile finishing line for airbags. UTT chose the 2 experienced and reliable partners Menzel und Brückner for this project. The challenge here is to implement the multiple technical requirements of the line concept. The aim of this project was the production of a high-performance airbag OPW fabric. Therefore a new process for the multi-stage in-line finishing of OPW fabric was developed. For continuous production, the line is equipped with the necessary elements for non-stop fabric change over. Brückner's stenter system is equipped with a newly developed indirect gas heating system. This system completely separates the circulating air of the dryer from the hot burner exhaust gases so that no contact between the sensitive fabric can occur. In addition, the system has an integrated heat-recovery system for heating up fresh air in order to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency. This heat-recovery system enables a saving of approx. 30 m³ of natural gas per hour for the entire system and significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to other systems.
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dfv media group
More information: Brückner Technical Textiles

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol: making the sustainability of cotton measurable

The new U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol initiative, which came into force on July 15, 2020, supports the traceability and evaluation of data in the production process of U.S. cotton. Brands and retailers can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new system for responsibly grown cotton that will provide annual data for 6 areas of sustainability in line with the U.N. Sustainability Goals. The Trust Protocol underpins and verifies sustainability progress through sophisticated data collection and independent third-party verification. By working with field to market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and Control Union Certifications North America, the Trust Protocol enables brands and retailers to better track the cotton entering their supply chain. Brands who become members of the Trust Protocol will have access to aggregate year-over-year data on water use, greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, soil carbon and land use efficiency. Last month, the Trust Protocol was added to a list of 36 preferred fibers and materials of Textile Exchange, O’Donnell, TX/USA, that more than 170 participating brands and retailers can select from as part of Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index program.
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dfv media group
More information: US Cotton Trust Protocol