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Performance Days: digital fair replaces exhibition halls

Due to the increasing number of infections, further international travel bans and company-internal travel restrictions are now threatening.
Since the functional fabric fair Performance Days lives from its international audience, the event from December 9-10, 2020 will not take place at the Messe München, but as a Digital Fair.
Already back in April 2020, Performance Days launched its Digital Fair with various solutions, such as the online sourcing of materials and digitalized trends and colors.
The Performance Forum Jury will again convene for the December 2020 Forum and curate the most innovative and sustainable fabrics and ingredients.
Those wishing to participate can register at www.performancedays.com and gain access to e.g. exclusive trend topics. By logging in to the Digital Fair, visitors can state their preferences and so receive focused match-making to the appropriate exhibitors/suppliers.


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Nova-Institute: call for paper for “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the year” award

For the first time the innovation award “Cellulose fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted at the “2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres” on February 2-3, 2021 in Cologne/Germany. The hybrid event is organized by the nova-Institute GmbH, Hürth/Germany.
The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fiber industry for the development of new technologies and applications.
All producers and inventors along the entire value chain form feedstock to the final product are invited to join the competition. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2020.
Among the applicants, 6 candidates will be nominated for the innovation award by an independent expert jury. Their application documents will be made available for download at the conference website. The nominees will then get the opportunity to hold a 10-minute presentation at the conference or online.
After the presentations, the participants of the conference will elect the final winners of the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021”.
Applying to the award is free of charge.
For further information: www.cellulose-fibres.eu/award-application.


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Edana: discussion on a circular economy for nonwovens

Edana: discussion on a circular economy for nonwovens
With over 100 delegates in attendance, the 1st edition of the new Circular Nonwovens Forum, held on October 13, 2020, successfully created a new platform for discussion on sustainability and circularity within the nonwovens sector.  
Hosted as an online event by the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, the forum opened with a keynote speech from Paola Migliorini, the Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption on the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Action plan. It was followed by a range of insightful presentations and discussions covering initiatives to address the circularity of AHP plastic waste, the biodegradability and compostability of nonwovens, material innovations, and developments in renewable polypropylene. The presentations were followed by well attended breakout sessions allowing for participants to engage with the speakers.
This forum is planned to be held annually with the next edition scheduled to be held in Brussels in September 2021.


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ISPO Munich: new hybrid concept

The international fair for sporting goods, ISPO Munich will take place from January 31-February 3, 2021, for the first time as a hybrid event that will be held both in-person in Munich/Germany and online.
The new concept marks the event’s systematic transformation into a platform and applies the broad range of digital expertise that the event has gained over the past 10 years. With the threat of travel restrictions looming over the trade fair, the digital elements will create the ideal basis for integrating global target groups: While representatives from European markets are generally expected to attend in person, the digital enhancements will enable an intercontinental audience to participate as well. Another new addition next year will be the digital integration of end consumers.
New participation options, new topics and expanded target groups are reflected in particular in the large number of physical and digital attendance options devoted to the focus topics of creativity and digitalization, health, and sustainability. In addition to product presentations in the trade fair halls, the event will focus on networking, matchmaking, knowledge transfer and innovations.
ISPO Munich will also include 2 single-day conference formats: Ispo Digitize Summit (February 1, 2021) and the Sports Tech World Series Conference (February 2, 2021).
Personal interaction on the exhibition grounds in Munich will remain the provision of the B2B audience. Exhibitors will have more flexibility as a result of the extension of deadlines and flexible cancellation terms. If needed, pre-built booths may be used in order to cost-effectively and efficiently participate in the trade fair.

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Edana: winners of the Index 20 Innovation Awards

The winners of the 2020 edition of the Index Innovation Awards have been announced by the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium.
Held every 3 years to acknowledge “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries”, the ceremony was originally programmed to take place during the Index 20 exhibition in April this year. Edana therefore decided to honor the winners in a ‘live’ online ceremony on October 6, 2020. The Awards are comprised of 7 categories covering all fields of the nonwovens supply chain
The Awards are as follows:
• Nonwoven roll goods: Jacob Holm - Sontara Dual
• Finished or composite products made from, or incorporating, nonwovens: DuPont de Nemours - Tychem 2000 SFR
• Raw materials or components: Beaulieu Fibres International – UltraBond
• Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry: GDM – Expanding welding wheel
• Most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens: Berry Global - J-Cloth Plus Biodegradable communication campaign
• Sustainable product: Ahlstrom-Munksjö - Fiber+, Green Capsule Top Lid, Compostable K-cup filter
• Sustainable process or management practice: FaterSmart - Used absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycling technology
In addition to the Award categories, a separate ‘People’s Prize’ was introduced to ensure visibility for all the Awards nominees’ projects and demonstrating the breadth of creativity in the nonwovens industry and its suppliers. The winner was Omya International with its Omyafiber 800.
The Awards Winners and nominees will be on display in the Index Innovation Lab, as part of Index 20 exhibition, taking place in Geneva/Switzerland from September 7-10, 2021.
For further information: www.edana.org

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Dilo: new production lines with increasing transparency and efficiency

With an in-person event and a new online sourcing platform, Cinte Techtextil China in Shanghai/China, on September 2-4, 2020 was the first textile show on the Asian continent since the pandemic outbreak. The nonwovens machinery manufacturer DiloGroup, Eberbach/Germany, presented its nonwovens production lines for hygiene products, filters and roofing material. The latest developments of DiloGroup were also widely discussed.
In focus was HyperLayer designed for the highest speeds with hygiene web from fine fibers. This crosslapper is especially suited for very light weight webs with only a few layers. The new card feeder VRS-P combines the principles of a volumetric, precisely charged feeding with the characteristics of a vibration chute feeder and saves a conventional large trunk. The Dilo Compact Line (DCL) meets the requirement for the production of small amounts of high quality felts made from special fibers such as carbon fiber, ceramic or PTFE. Very interesting topics like the recycling of carbon fibers are already researched on these lines in various projects. With a working width of the compact carding machine of 1.1 m and a layering width of 2.2 m, only 60 m² of space is required for the installation.
The Hypertex technology combines a grid of endless yarns and nonwovens as a sandwich using the needlepunch process. An additional weaving process becomes unnecessary. The grid improves the tensile strength of products such as filters or roof sheets and will lower costs and production time. In the field of textile additive manufacturing the 3D-Lofter will provide fiber savings for needlefelts used in automotive and other applications.
diloline 4.0 includes a wide variety of smart manufacturing actions in collaboration with Siemens AG, Munich/Germany, which all aim at further simplifying operation, increasing transparency in web forming and consolidation, thereby increasing efficiency. Production data are stored, documented and compared. An alarm monitor indicates irregular behavior. A production analysis documents the reasons for standstill times. Numerous information modules can be recalled via mobile apps and cloud data (mindSpheres).

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Kelheim Fibres: nomination for the sustainability heroes award

The aim of an increasing number of stakeholders is to help to reduce the use of crude oil-based plastics in single-use products and their negative impact on the environment.
The German Association for Sustainability (DQS), Frankfurt/Germany, and the German Association for Quality (DGQ), Frankfurt/Germany, will present the “sustainability heroes award” to pioneers in sustainability online on November 2-4, 2020.
The cellulose fiber producer Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim/Germany, is a finalist for this award. The company has secured the selection with its innovative plant-based fibers that can contribute to a plastic-free future in absorbent hygiene products such as feminine hygiene or incontinence products.
During the production process viscose fibers can be precisely modified and functionalized. Thus they can be adapted to meet the exact requirements of the single components of a hygiene product in terms of their liquid management properties and match the performance of synthetic fibers.
The company combines sustainably manufactured and completely biodegradable fibers with the technical performance of synthetic fibers. The aim is to help to reduce the use of crude oil-based plastics in single-use products and their negative impact on the environment.

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Online event: Technical textiles for health, medical and sport application

On October 8/9, 2020 the 3rd European meeting of experts for technical textiles, processes, ideas and research will be held as an online event on the themes “Technical Textiles for Health, Medical and Sport Application”. On 2 days, a total of 26 lectures by speakers from 12 countries will be presented and discussed in 6 lecture blocks. The 2nd day will focus on personal protective equipment (PPE).
In addition to the Industrieverband Veredlung, Garne, Gewebe, Technische Textilien e.V. (IVGT) (Frankfurt/Germany), Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V. (Berlin/Germany) and the European Textile Platform - Fibres Textiles Clothing (ETP) (Brussels/Belgium), the Italian textile association Sistema Moda Italia (SMI) (Milan/Italy) and TexClubTec (Milan/Italy), Fedustria (Anderlecht/Belgium), ClubTex (Tourcoing/France) and the 2 largest European textile research clusters EU-Textile2030 and Cost-Context will participate as partners in the event.
For further information and registration: https://forms.gle/qvh7D4bbn5MdcYmP9


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