4 Key Takeaways from Techtextil and Texprocess 2019

By Matt Migliore

Messe Frankfurt brought its Techtextil and Texprocess program to a global audience, May 14-17, 2019, in its home city of Frankfurt. With a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and, in all, some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, the event broke a record for number of exhibitors and was essentially on par with its all-time high for number of visitors. By comparison, the 2017 edition of Techtextil and Texprocess saw a total of 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and 47,388 visitors from 114 countries.…Continue Reading »

Tech Talk: ‘There is no AWAY’ – How do we minimize plastic waste in the environment?

By Chris Plotz, Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA

The source of the phrase “There is no AWAY” is the NGO Better Alternatives Now (BAN): “Plastic – a material invented to last forever – can no longer be used to make products intended to be thrown away.  There is no AWAY.” As the director of education and technical affairs at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, part of my mission is to look at issues affecting our members and determine what we can do. One of the big issues we are examining now is plastics in the environment with an emphasis on single use.…Continue Reading »

Swiss Textile Machinery Companies Look to Growth in Carbon and Glass Fiber Composites

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

The majority of the members of Swissmem’s association of Swiss textile machinery manufacturers have their origins in technology for the processing of cotton fibers, and as the textile industry developed, synthetics.

It has been calculated, in fact, that the association’s 44 members can draw on a staggering 4,011 years of combined engineering and processing know-how between them, but all have greatly diversified over the years.…Continue Reading »

The Fiber Year: Fiber Industry Faces Economic Headwinds

By Andreas Engelhardt, The Fiber Year GmbH

The world economy started off on an optimistic note in 2018, following growth in manufacturing and trade the previous year. But optimism gave way to a downturn from midyear, as the International Monetary Fund revised down its 2018 projections for most advanced economies and predicted significantly lower growth expectations for 2019.…Continue Reading »

The Challenge of Digitalization – Revolution or Evolution?

By Adré wissenberg, Vice President Head of Marketing, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment

Today, Industry 4.0 is already making its mark at many companies across the globe – and it is here to stay. The Age of Digitalization has also arrived in the textile sector – manifesting itself in the production of customized apparel within a mere few hours in microfactories or in the form of cost-optimized, self-controlled …Continue Reading »