Textile Technology section
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.
Bogner: continued growth in 2019/20 financial year
The manufacturer of apparel Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KGaA, Munich/Germany, continued its growth course of the past years in the 2019/2020 financial year. BOGNER generated €163 million in sales. Earnings before taxes (EBT) amounted to €2.6 million following €0.3 million in the last comparable fiscal year 2017/18.
Bogner’s business was very solid on entering the corona virus crisis. The company responded swiftly and flexibly to the lockdown, and took resolute countermeasures. It is also about to conclude a financing package. In addition to a syndicated loan, it will include state subsidies from LfA Förderbank Bayern to cover the repercussions of the corona virus pandemic.
Even before the current crisis, Bogner had worked with the management consultancy EY to develop a performance program designed to reduce complexity and make the company faster, more flexible, and more profitable in the long-term. The program involves a gradual reduction in staff. A total of around 150 jobs will be reduced over a period of 2 years. This will particularly affect the administration in Munich and the company’s own logistics in Heimstetten/Germany. The logistics will be outsourced to a service provider.
Affix: New product Si-Quat to kill the corona virus
Affix, Helsinki/Finland, launches a new product to help combat the Covid-19 virus. Si-Quat combines a safe and well-established disinfectant and a proprietary chemical binding technique, so that the active ingredient can kill viruses, including Sars-Cov-2. It is a versatile anti-viral surface treatment that has been scientifically proven to last for months on any surface or textile while effectively killing the Covid-19 pathogen upon contact. The product is based on the disinfectant quaterny ammonium which is chemically bound to align silane quaternary ammonium molecules (silane quats) in an effective manner. Positively charged nitrogen particles actively attract viruses and bacteria, penetrating the membranes and killing them within minutes. Testing has shown Si-Quat to adhere to almost any surface. Due to its strong layer, the solution wears down on surfaces after many touches or multiple cleaning cycles.
ITM 2021: innovative technologies and new products to meet textile investors
The ITM Exhibition, which was planned to be held between June 2-6, 2020, was postponed to June22-26, 2021 due to the troublesome corona virus pandemic. Participating companies in countries that had to interrupt their production, especially Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China, welcomed the postponement of the ITM Exhibition. The countries, holding similar opinions that it is not possible to save from the pandemic without effective drug treatment or vaccine against coronavirus, started normalization process by increasing their protective measures while fighting against the pandemic. The wheels started to turn again in the factories, and production and orders gained momentum. While occurring shortage of mask and protective clothing all over the world, Turkey which has a strong infrastructure in the field of textile, garments, nonwovens has supplied personal protective equipment to the world on the one hand, while meeting its own needs. Turkey has shown that it is one of the largest producers and raw material suppliers of the world and Europe in this process. The major brands and companies in Europe and the USA shifted their orders from China to Turkey. This synergy in the Turkish textile industry will have a positive impact on the ITM 2021 Exhibition.
Multi-Plot: antiviral and antibacterial finish destroys coronavirus
With V-Block the Multi-Plot Europe GmbH, Bad Emsthal/Germany, offers an antiviral and antibacterial finish and textiles finished with V-Block. This is an antiviral and antibacterial finishing product for all types of fibers, especially suitable for medical nonwovens articles, mouth-nose protective masks, cloths, gloves, protective clothing, and filters, room dividers made out of fabric, curtains and furnishing textiles in hospitals, nursing homes, and hotels. The technology of silver salt and lipid vesicles enables the binding and destruction of over 99 % of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts within minutes. The effectiveness on the corona virus was successfully tested by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne/Australia. Further successful tests were carried out on H1N1, H5N1, H7N9 and RSV. V-Block is manufactured in Germany. Due to the antibacterial effect, no odors are generated on the fabric, so there is no need for frequent washing, a benefit for the environment. V-block is odorless and a washing fastness of at least 30 washes at 40°C is given. A washable FFP2 mask treated with V-block, shows a significant (>300 times) reduction of the virus infectivity (mist-contact). The biocide for textile applications was approved in May 2020 by the Federal Office for Occupational safety and occupational medicine for Germany.