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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.

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dfv media group

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.

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dfv media group

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.

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dfv media group

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.

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dfv media group

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

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