Textile Technology section
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.
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.
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
ESMA: digital printing on textiles
The European Association of Screen Printing Equipment Manufacturers (ESMA), Sint-Joris-Winge/Belgium, and the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany, will host the first comprehensive course on all theoretical and practical aspects of digital printing technology for textile applications. The course Digital Textile Printing will take place from April 21-24, 2020 in Denkendorf.
Participants will receive insights in the procedure of inkjet printing on textile materials and accompanying topics such as textile chemistry and pre-treatment, ink formulation, curing techniques, color management and characterization of textile materials and printing quality. In addition, the workflow in digital printing will be shown in a Textile Micro-factory environment. The practical training will be offered in small teams and will highlight some of the topics that are discussed in the theoretical part. Participants will learn and exercise the workflow and each required single step in digital printing on textiles.
There has been a visible shift from analogue to digital taking place in segments such as apparel or home textiles. Various estimates expect a growth of digital textile printing between 6% and 20% in the next decade. Moreover, the ongoing change to digital demands a higher level of education on using the new technologies: understanding color management, specifics of inkjet and its implementation into existing business concepts. The new Textile Division of ESMA is considered by the association as the home for the textile printing manufacturers. Their target group includes all manufacturers of products used in textile printing workflow (digital or screen) and the focus areas of the division are sustainability, standardization, color management and regulations.
For further information: www.esma.com
Mahlo: cooperation with universities in Bangladesh
As guest speakers at lectures at the Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX), and the Northern University Bangladesh, both based in Dhaka, representatives of the manufacturer of measuring, control and automation systems Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG, Saal a.d. Donau/Germany, introduced the students to the requirements and solutions of modern textile production. In the future, the connection to one of the most important textile markets in the world is to be further strengthened.
Lectures covered how modular process control can be the answer to current challenges in the industry, such as rising costs for raw materials and personnel. In the age of
Industry 4.0, data-based production is indispensable and Mahlo has therefore developed the mSmart digitalization concept. Since all Mahlo machines are networked in the mSmart environment, the user receives all the essential data at a glance, anytime and anywhere. This enables a quick reaction based on the latest values. Process control thus not only helps to save resources, but also to make the machinery easier to handle.