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Performance Days: Inspired by Nature – From Natural Fibres to Green Treatments

The new focus topic of the Performance Days in Munich/Germany is “Inspired by Nature – From Fibres to Green Treatments”. The trade fair for functional fabrics from April 22-23, 2020 will host approx. 300 exhibitors from 29 countries.
At the upcoming Performance Forum, fabrics will be presented that offer functions such as climate and temperature management, moisture transport, water repellency or waterproofing, UV-protection, and odor control based on natural processes. Others provide improvement for the athlete's general performance or an increase in comfort.
These fabrics must not only provide a functional added value, but must also meet strict criteria with regard to sustainability.
All the 24 fabrics, which are presented on the Focus Topic Wall must achieve their function through a natural and environmentally friendly approach. By implementing these strict selection criteria, the trade fair underlines its consistent stance on sustainability.

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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.

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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.

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ITA: anti-NOX textile facade enables nitrogen oxide reduction

On February 5, 2020, the Senator of Finance of Hamburg, Dr. Andreas Dressel, inaugurated the first anti-NOX textile facade on an office building of the company ECE Europa Bau- und Projektmanagement GmbH, Hamburg/Germany. The innovative facade system is a light and transparent textile facade developed by the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, in cooperation with ECE and the renovation company Inok GmbH, Willich/Germany.
The researchers achieved the reduction of harmful nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) by means of an innovative facade coating. The coating acts as a catalyst and binds the harmful nitrogen oxides from the city air directly to the facade surface under UV light. Oxidation processes convert the pollutants into small quantities of harmless salts.
When it rains, rainfall removes the salt residues from the facade surface. The water can seep away or be used as fertilizer for plants. In the project, samples are taken in order to scientifically prove the environmental compatibility.
Furthermore, the building envelope can reduce the solar cooling load of buildings in summer verifiably by up to 78%. The new materials are 100% recyclable.
The project is accompanied by the Institute of Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA).

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Oerlikon Nonwoven: new meltblown and spunbond technology at the Filtxpo 2020

Experts of the Nonwoven business unit of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, will be presenting solutions for filtration tasks to an international trade audience at the trade fair for filtration Filtxpo 2020 in Chicago, IL/USA, which takes place on February 26-28, 2020.
Meltblown technology is a method for producing fine, separating filter media made from manmade fibers. It is characterized by its constant melt pressure distribution and consistent dwell time across the entire width of the spinning beam. Furthermore, the novel guidance and distribution of the process air outside the coat-hanger distributor offered by the Oerlikon Nonwoven technology prevents so-called hotspots, which overall ensures homogeneous nonwovens properties and basis weights even in the case of delicate raw materials.
The filter efficiency can be increased by means of so-called electro-charging – where the nonwovens are electrostatically charged. Users can choose from a number of variation possibilities and set the appropriate charging method depending on the filter application, allowing the Oerlikon Nonwoven charging unit to also be used for the manufacture of EPA and HEPA class filter media.
Regarding spunbonds, the company is presenting its segmented spin packs, which guarantee even melt distribution and polymer dwell time. The new forming section ensures improved formation evenness across the entire width, even in the case of high spinning speeds, special polymers and polymer combinations. In addition to this, the newly-designed system also ensures that nonwovens only require minimal edge trimming at the end of the production process. The newly-developed mixed fiber technology enables the combining of various filament cross-sections and polymers, in order to set ideal filtering and pleating performances, for example.


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Edana: nominees for the Index 20 Awards

The Index 20, the largest global meeting place for players in the nonwovens industry, will again feature the Index 20 Awards for “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries” at the stand of the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, on March 31, 2020, the opening day of the exhibition.
Throughout the 4 day exhibition the nominated submissions will be displayed at The Nonwovens Innovation Lab, a new Index feature showcasing how invention and sustainability drive the industry forward.
Open to products commercially available by January 31, 2020, and selected by a jury of experienced peers, Edana’s Index 20 Awards are presented for examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from businesses of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain.
Categories for the award are:
• Nonwovens roll goods
• Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
• Raw materials or components (e.g. fiber, binder, polymer, tape), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry and related converted products
• Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
• Achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens
• Sustainable Product
• Sustainable process or management practice
For further information: www.indexnonwovens.org.

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More information: Edana INDEX 2020 INDEX Awards

ESMA: digital printing on textiles

The European Association of Screen Printing Equipment Manufacturers (ESMA), Sint-Joris-Winge/Belgium, and the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany, will host the first comprehensive course on all theoretical and practical aspects of digital printing technology for textile applications. The course Digital Textile Printing will take place from April 21-24, 2020 in Denkendorf.
Participants will receive insights in the procedure of inkjet printing on textile materials and accompanying topics such as textile chemistry and pre-treatment, ink formulation, curing techniques, color management and characterization of textile materials and printing quality. In addition, the workflow in digital printing will be shown in a Textile Micro-factory environment. The practical training will be offered in small teams and will highlight some of the topics that are discussed in the theoretical part. Participants will learn and exercise the workflow and each required single step in digital printing on textiles.
There has been a visible shift from analogue to digital taking place in segments such as apparel or home textiles. Various estimates expect a growth of digital textile printing between 6% and 20% in the next decade. Moreover, the ongoing change to digital demands a higher level of education on using the new technologies: understanding color management, specifics of inkjet and its implementation into existing business concepts. The new Textile Division of ESMA is considered by the association as the home for the textile printing manufacturers. Their target group includes all manufacturers of products used in textile printing workflow (digital or screen) and the focus areas of the division are sustainability, standardization, color management and regulations.
For further information: www.esma.com

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Autoneum: revenue growth in a declining market 2019

Thanks to numerous new ramp-ups and the favorable portfolio of vehicle models supplied, the automotive supplier Autoneum Management AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, grew organically in 2019 by 2.5% in a declining market. Adjusted for currency effects, group revenue amounted to almost CHF 2.3 billion, 0.7% higher compared to the previous year.
The Business Groups (BG) North America (+7.2%), Asia (+8.1%) and SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa) (+32.7%) not only outperformed the negative market trend in each case, but also reported higher revenues compared to the previous year. In Europe only, the drop in automobile production caused a decline in revenue of the corresponding BG by -5.6% in local currencies.
North America improved its revenue primarily driven by various production ramp-ups of German and Japanese vehicle manufacturers. Despite considerably fewer vehicles being produced in Asia, the BG increased its revenue thanks to high-volume and new programs of European and Asian automobile manufacturers. BG SAMEA continued its growth course. This was mainly due to high-volume export programs in Turkey and South Africa as well as much higher production volumes compared to the previous year in the key SAMEA market of Brazil.

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