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Cematex: Cornelia Buchwalder new Secretary General

A new Secretary General has been chosen by the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, Zurich/Switzerland. Cornelia Buchwalder has served on an interim basis since June 2019, following the retirement of Maria Avery, and was elected to the permanent position by the Cematex Board on March 12, 2020.
Buchwalder has a wide knowledge of the global textile equipment sector, having managed the Swiss Textile Machinery Association (Swissmem), Zurich, since 2013 and been closely involved in organizing participation at the major global trade shows and various international events. Her experience takes in the European ITMA exhibitions in Milan/Italy (2015) and Barcelona/Spain (2019), as well as 3 ITMA Asia + CITME fairs, in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
She will continue to combine the 2 posts as Secretary General of both Swissmem and of Cematex.

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More information: Cematex Swissmem ITMA Asia + CITME

Techtextil NA/Texprocess Americas: new date in October

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have been rescheduled and will now take place from October 1-3, 2020, at in Atlanta, GA/USA.
Despite concerns regarding the holidays and year-end processes, the dates provided proved to be the only viable option at the time of the joint events’ postponement inquiry to the Georgia World Congress Center.  All current registrations will be transferred to the October event.


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Oerlikon: new thrust pad contacting device for the Baltic crimper

Technological changes have been made to the Baltic crimper thrust pad contacting device from Oerlikon Neumag, a brand of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, have resulted in considerably reduced friction in the crimper rolls. This means less wear and fewer metal particles contaminating the crimped staple fibers.
Thrust pads close the gap between the crimper rolls on either side. Normally, these thrust pads are continually pressed – under high pressure – against the sides of the crimper rolls. Wear and metal debris on the thrust pads is the result of this constant contact. The metal debris can contaminate the fibers, something that is particularly undesirable in hygiene applications.
With the new system, the thrust pads are pressed against the rolls with less pressure and then fixed into place. This prevents fibers from being caught and the frictional force between the pressure disk thrust pad and the crimper roll is minimized. Pilot applications have demonstrated that metal debris from the pressure disks thrust pads is dramatically reduced, making them between 3-7 times more durable.

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Cinte Techtextil: Opportunities for the technical textiles and nonwovens sector in 2020

Cinte Techtextil China, taking place form September 2-4, 2020 in Shanghai/China, intends to confront the given state of flux in the global economy as well as the textiles sector.
Several international economists did predict a contraction in the general economy in Q1 2020 because of the corona virus. However, they remain optimistic that the economy would bounce back in Q2 2020. China’s technical textiles and nonwovens sector has shown considerable and steady growth in 2019. Annual output of nonwoven fabrics of large-scale Chinese companies last year reached 5.03 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 9.9%.
The corona virus is expected to present special opportunities for the personal hygiene and protective wear sectors. Since there is a supply shortage of one key raw material for surgical mask production, new industrial solutions for meltblown equipment and nonwovens in general are now needed more than ever. Therefor the need for events like Cinte Techtextil China is imminent as well.
Cinte Techtextil China is organized by of Messe Frankfurt (Hk) Ltd., Hong Kong/China, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry (CCPIT), Beijing/China, and the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA), Beijing/China. The 2018 edition saw 485 exhibitors take part, nearly 40% of which were international brands, while the fair recorded 13,203 visits from 55 countries. Product categories cover 12 application areas, spanning the entire industry, from upstream equipment and raw materials providers to finished fabrics, chemicals and other solutions.


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