Textile Technology section
The Fabric year 2020
In the last 15 years, the proportions of the various textile fabrics produced have changed considerably worldwide. Knitwear and also nonwovens production has increased significantly, whereas the share of weaving has decreased.
Asia is still the world's largest producer of fabrics. 91% of all weaving technologies and 86% of all knitting technologies are in Asia. Moreover, China is also the world's largest producer of nonwovens.
In 2019 in Asia the share of knitted fabric was 54% (2005: 46%), weaving is only 38% (2005: 50%) and nonwoven fabrics increased visibly from 4% in 2005 to 8% in 2019.
The most important Asian producers of knitted fabrics are China (69%), India (6%) and Bangladesh (5%). For woven fabrics China (59%), India (23%) and Pakistan (3%) are the biggest manufacturers in Asia.
TRENDBOOK Technical Textiles – The Textile World 2030
In order to be able to make reliable business decisions and assess development projects with confidence, carefully researched market data and clear trend statements from experts are of central importance for the industry. This is why we - the trade journal TECHNICAL TEXTILES/TECHNISCHE TEXTILIEN – published a completely new, comprehensively and in detail researched, multi-part workbook for the first time in 2011. The 6th edition 2020/2021 of the TRENDBOOK Technical Textiles is entitled The Textile World 2030 and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The 4 selected key themes are Decent Work & Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption & Production and Climate Action. Each of these SDG was examined from the aspects directly relevant to the industry: technology, demography, key figures and investors & markets. Comprehensive analyses and assessments by experts were compiled to describe and explain the mega-trend in question, after which textile technologists were brought in to discuss specific application examples for fibers, nonwovens, finishing and technical textiles. Furthermore, the influence of the pandemic on the individual development areas was reflected as far as possible.
In addition, a European market overview with detailed company data is included on around 130 pages. It is divided into the areas of fibers/chemicals/textile auxiliaries, textile machinery and technical textiles.
Trial read here: https://www.techtextrends.com/epaper/ttto/104/epaper/5424/index.html
Suominen: higher capacity in South Carolina
The nonwovens producer Suominen Corp., Helsinki/Finland, will increase its capabilities in the Americas by upgrading one of its production lines in Bethune, SC/USA. The investment will widen Suominen’s offering to its customers in the USA in line with the Suominen strategy targeting growth and profitability.
The total value of the investment is approx. € 6 million and the investment project will be finalized during the 2nd half of 2021.
Lenzing: Canopy award for sustainable wood sourcing
The non-profit-organization Canopy Planet Society, Vancouver/Canada, particularly highlights the commitment of the producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, over the last few years.
The Lenzing Group scored a total of 30.5 points (4 points more compared to 2019) and received a dark green shirt for the first time, the highest Hot Button category.
Lenzing once again convinced Canopy with its innovative vision with regard to circular economy and Refibra technology, its high level of transparency in wood and pulp sourcing, as well as its active contribution towards protecting forests and preserving biodiversity.
Lenzing’s lyocell fiber produced with the Refibra technology (Eco Cycle technology for nonwovens applications) uses textile waste as part of the feedstock and is an important step towards a circular economy. The technology uses textile waste as part of the feedstock. Until now, textile waste has turned out to be the most promising alternative feedstock for scaled commercial use.
As a long-standing player in the industry, Lenzing has undertaken extensive research into many different alternative non-wood cellulose sources such as annual plants, like hemp, straw, and bamboo.
In addition to supporting a number of Canopy’s conservation projects Lenzing has set up a European social impact and afforestation project in Albania.
For its latest investment in a pulp mill in Brazil, Lenzing actively collaborates with Canopy to ensure that the wood sourcing is in line with sustainable practices.
Also the cellulose fiber producer Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim/Germany, has has achieved a leading score in Canopy’s 2020 Hot Button Report. Kelheim Fibres ranks overall among the top 5 producers and was even able to improve their good previous year’s result.
Mogul: further investment in meltblown technology
Since the investment in the meltblown technology in the year 2000, the manufacturer of nonwovens Mogul Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, Gaziantep/Turkey, has 4 lines in operation.
Due to strong demand from PPE applications in the corona pandemic period, to meet extra demand in addition to regular business Mogul has invested in 2 new lines.
Mogul’s Gaziantep facility will house new investments. Both lines are 160 cm wide in 15-100 g range with electrostatic charge capabilities. Lines will meet N95 and higher efficiency masks and high efficiency filter applications as well as other industrial applications.
The first line will start by January 2021 with the second line following with a start-up around June 2021.
Freudenberg: 50 years of innovation in Kaiserslautern
For 50 years, innovative technologies have been produced and developed by the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim/Germany, at its production site in Kaiserslautern/German.
With 600 employees from the Business Groups (BGs) Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM), Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) and Freudenberg Medical (FM), work and innovative technologies have been produced and developed here, such as technical nonwovens for the manufacture of high-quality face masks, a new sensor technology for the production of medical silicone tubing, or innovative cabin air filters for the global automotive industry.
In 1970 Freudenberg signed the purchase agreement for the property together with BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/Germany, in order to produce spunlaid nonwovens as a joint venture. In 1975, Freudenberg took over the company and continuously expanded production.
In 1990, a re-granulation plant was put into operation for recycling spunlaid nonwovens. Nonwovens for the manufacturing of filters have also been produced on the meltblown plant since 1998. FPM opened another re-granulation plant in 2013, which is used to recycle nearly 100% of the start-up scrap and edge strips from daily production. A new logistics center for cabin air filters was opened in 2014 by FFT.
Moreover, the company has twice received the Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) state prize for the employment of severely disabled people, most recently in 2016.
CinteTechtextil China: 1st annual edition to be held in June 2021
Beginning from 2021, Cinte Techtextil China will be held annually rather than biennially. Following on from a successful 14th edition in September 2020, Asia’s leading event for the entire technical textiles and nonwovens industry will run from June 13-15, 2021 in Shanghai/China.
The recently completed 2020 edition attracted 409 exhibitors and 15,326 visits.
Explaining the rationale behind the change to an annual fair, Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.: “We have been in discussions with our exhibitors, buyers and other stakeholders for some time now about the fair becoming an annual event, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Especially as the trends, technologies and applications in the industry are changing at an increasing pace in China, it’s important for the sector to have a more frequent platform to explore these. We are anticipating strong participation in 2021.”
Cinte Techtextil China’s product categories cover 12 application areas, which comprehensively span the full range of potential uses of modern textile technologies. These categories also span the entire industry, from upstream equipment and raw materials providers to finished fabrics, chemicals and other solutions.
The 2021 fair will be held concurrently with the textile machinery fair ITMA ASIA + CITME, which takes place from June 12-16, 2021.
For further information: www.techtextilchina.com.