Textile Technology section
Baldwin: new president and CEO
The manufacturer of innovative process-automation technology Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, has appointed Joe Kline as its new president and CEO, effective January 17, 2020. Acting CEO Kyle Chapman will continue as Baldwin’s Chairman, and focus on BW Forsyth Partners’ rapidly expanding portfolio. In 2012, Forsyth acquired then public Baldwin and took it private.
Prior to joining Baldwin, Kline served as the president of a division in the electrical sector of power management company Eaton, Irvine, CA/USA.
Kline’s appointment follows the 2019 appointments of 4 Baldwin business segment presidents: Rich Bennett at AMS Spectral UV, Tomas Anderbjer at Baldwin Precision Applications, Vince Balistrieri at Baldwin Vision Systems, and Matt Shishikura at Baldwin Japan.
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.
Teijin Aramid: Peter ter Horst appointed CEO
The high-performance fiber producer Teijin Aramid BV, Arnhem/Netherlands, has appointed Peter ter Horst as the company’s new President and CEO effective April 1, 2020. ter Horst succeeds Gert Frederiks, who will continue in an advisory role before retiring one year later.
Peter ter Horst joined Teijin Aramid in 2006 and brings relevant experience to his new role as CEO. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the company since 2011, having previously held strategy and controller positions.
Gert Frederiks and Peter ter Horst have worked closely together since the early 2010’s, focusing on cost leadership and investments in new technologies, products and capacity. As a result, Teijin recently announced production capacity increase in Delfzijl and Emmen/Netherlands, contributing to 25% targeted capacity increase from 2017 until 2022.
Durst: industrial textile printing segment restructured
The manufacturer of digital printing machines Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen/Italy, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. Dr. Stefan Kappaun (photo), a member of Durst Group’s executive team, succeeds Martin Winkler as the new segment manager.
Kappaun heads the ink business for all segments as Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids. He is a technical chemist with a focus on polymer science and a trained business economist. He is responsible for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. He will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.
Digital textile printing is one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies. It is a sector being targeted by advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers. With the Alpha Series, Durst offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy end-to-end software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing. These products are intended to serve the different requirements of traditional textile manufacturers as well as non-industry service providers and to support customers in the digital transformation.