Textile Technology section
Itema: acquisition of PTMT
The provider of advanced weaving solutions, Itema SpA, Colzate/Italy, has finalized the agreement for the acquisition of PTMT srl (formerly Panter), Grandino/Italy.
The acquisition by the company’s subsidiary Itematech srl, allows Itema to expand its product portfolio by adding PTMT technology, with the aim of consolidating improving their position in the field of technical fabrics.
With the launch of Itematech, the new division dedicated to technical textiles, in the first quarter of 2019, the company offers a complete technological portfolio for high-tech fabrics.
Mahlo: next generation pattern control system
Large, artistic graphics, timeless glen check or exact pinstripes. This presents an increasing challenge for textile manufacturers to produce straight weft and straightened patterns. Here, the alignment according to the design often plays a greater role than the weft insertion. The manufacturer of measuring, control and automation systems Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG, Saal a.d. Donau/Germany, solves this problem with its improved Patcontrol PCS-20 system for pattern recognition and warp control. It straightens bow and skew distortions in technical textiles just as reliably as in terry cloth. Even goods that cannot be detected with conventional scanning systems do not pose a problem for pattern recognition.
The system uses camera technology to detect the position of the pattern and automatically and continuously determines the pattern repeat, measures the product width, and together with a straightener straightens the product distortion based on the print pattern.
New long-life LED lighting generates the maximum brightness on the market, thereby extending the scanning range for darker goods. Improved cameras allow brightness control by gain and exposure time. More than 2 cameras can also be connected per measuring point. This allows a higher resolution and even more accurate results. A Gigabit connection allows the transmission of large amounts of data. Using a mounting aid, the exact camera adjustment can be done easily and quickly. A compact interface box at the measuring point integrates the Patcontrol PCS-20 even more easily into the existing plant.
The system is also integrated into the mSmart digitalization concept. Users, machines and processes are networked with each other and meet all the requirements of Industry 4.0.
Freudenberg/NCSU: face masks for universities and hospitals
In order to manufacture face masks for UNC system universities (all the public educational institutions granting 4-year degrees in North Carolina (NC)), NC government organizations and hospitals, the producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, has partnered with the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC/USA.
As the fight against corona virus continues, the need for essential face coverings continues to rise. Together, the partners will begin production of earloop procedure masks and N95 masks. The 2 organizations are aligning their expertise and supply chains to bring PPE to universities and healthcare workers as quickly as possible.
Through this partnership, NC State is supplying Freudenberg Performance Materials with the necessary roll goods needed for production while Freudenberg provides the textile manufacturing expertise and work force needed to install, operate and maintain the four new production lines. Once fully operational the site will be able to produce more than 1 million masks a month.
In addition to the face mask lines provided by NC State, Freudenberg is also in the process of installing 6 additional production lines to manufacture surgical and N95 masks. Not only will the lines help provide essential face coverings, but the addition of the lines has enabled Freudenberg add 50 new positions within the company to operate the lines.
Verseidag-Indutex: takeover by SergeFerrari Group
The manufacturer of innovative composite fabrics for lightweight architectural and outdoor applications SergeFerrari Group SA, La Tour-du-Pin/France, has taken over 100% of the shares of the coated fabrics producer Verseidag-Indutex GmbH, Krefeld/Germany, from Jagenberg AG, Krefeld.
The takeover includes Verseidag’s subsidiaries and strengthens SergeFerrari’s position as a leader in flexible composite materials for the tensile architecture and modular structures markets. With this acquisition, the company also becomes a key player in the field of non-combustible solutions.
This acquisition will allow the generation of interesting synergies in the future, as the activities of both companies are highly complementary in terms of product ranges, sales networks, marketing and manufacturing. The plan is to continue to develop both the Verseidag brand and those of the Serge Ferrari Group. The new product variety will offer customers worldwide a large portfolio with technical textiles of highest quality. In the important future market of textile architecture, Verseidag’s innovative glass-PTFE products with production width of 5 m will open up new markets. The 3.6 m wide PVC coating technology, the lacquering line using the latest, environmentally friendly technology, and know-how in water-based coating and lamination offer a wide range of opportunities.
All of Verseidag's production sites will be continued in the future, and there are already considerations for a potential expansion. The Krefeld site, along with the other sites in Grefrath-Oedt/Germany and Straelen-Herongen/Germany are thus secured for the long term.
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