Textile Technology section
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
Textile Exchange: revamped Material Change Index launched
The international non-profit organization Textile Exchange, O’Donnell, TX/USA, has announced the launch of its annual Material Change Index (MCI).
With 170 companies participating, the MCI is the largest voluntary peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the textile industry. It tracks the apparel, footwear and home textile sector's progress toward more sustainable materials sourcing, as well as alignment with global efforts like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the transition to a circular economy.
The Material Change Index is a key component of Textile Exchange's Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark (CFMB) program, which enables participating companies to measure, manage and integrate a preferred fiber and materials strategy into their business. By participating in the CFMB, companies demonstrate a commitment to transparency and continuous improvement around their materials sourcing strategy.
The MCI family of indices tracks progress across the following categories: cotton, polyester, polyamide, manmade cellulosics, down, wool, material circularity, and the SDGs. Companies that complete the full CFMB survey are eligible to be recognized on the overall MCI Leaderboard. In 2019, there were 74 companies eligible for the MCI.
ACIMIT: Italian textile machinery orders index closes in decline for 2019
The orders index for Italian textile machinery, drawn up by the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan/Italy, for the period from October-December (Q4) 2019, showed an 8% decline compared to the same period for 2018.
Orders compiled by Italian machinery manufacturers were in negative figures both abroad and on domestic markets in Italy. An 8% slide was recorded abroad, while the drop in order collection on the domestic market stood at 7%, compared to the Q4/2018.
After a difficult year, the Italian textile machinery sector is looking to 2020 with some degree of concern. There are many unknown factors, both at an economic and political level, that do not appear in the short term to point to a recovery in demand for textile machinery in the major markets of China, Turkey and India.
Edana: nominees for the Index 20 Awards
The Index 20, the largest global meeting place for players in the nonwovens industry, will again feature the Index 20 Awards for “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries” at the stand of the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, on March 31, 2020, the opening day of the exhibition.
Throughout the 4 day exhibition the nominated submissions will be displayed at The Nonwovens Innovation Lab, a new Index feature showcasing how invention and sustainability drive the industry forward.
Open to products commercially available by January 31, 2020, and selected by a jury of experienced peers, Edana’s Index 20 Awards are presented for examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from businesses of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain.
Categories for the award are:
• Nonwovens roll goods
• Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
• Raw materials or components (e.g. fiber, binder, polymer, tape), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry and related converted products
• Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
• Achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens
• Sustainable Product
• Sustainable process or management practice
For further information: www.indexnonwovens.org.