Infinited Fiber Attracts Additional Investment In Textile-Waste-to-Fiber Technology

Infinited Fiber Textile-Waste-to-Fiber Technology

Singapore-based RGE Pte Ltd (“RGE”) joins a group of investors including H&M Group, Virala and Fortum to help Infinited Fiber Company Oy (IFC) scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibers.  A strategic co-operation agreement was also signed between RGE and IFC to commercialize the startup’s technology.

Since early 2018, IFC has been operating a 50-ton per annum pilot plant in Espoo, Finland, that produces Infinited Fiber for testing purposes with global brand owners such as H&M, VF Corporation and their manufacturers.  Recently, the company leased production facilities in Valkeakoski city, Southern Finland, for a new pre-commercial 500-ton per annum plant and customer training centre that will start up in early 2020.

The new investment supplements an earlier partnership with H&M Group, Virala and Fortum, which was announced in April.  The new financing is designed to enable IFC to finalize the scaling of its technology and to extend its fiber production capacity.

  www.infinitedfiber.com

Huntsman Sells Chemical Intermediates & Surfactants Businesses to Indorama Ventures

Huntsman Sells Chemical Intermediates Business

Huntsman Corporation has agreed to sell its chemical intermediates businesses, including PO/MTBE, and its surfactants businesses to Indorama Ventures Ltd. in a transaction valued at $2.076 billion. The deal is comprised of a cash purchase price of $2.0 billion plus the transfer of up to approximately $76 million in net underfunded pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities. Under the terms of the agreement, Indorama Ventures would acquire Huntsman’s manufacturing facilities located in Port Neches, Texas; Dayton, Texas; Chocolate Bayou, Texas; Ankleshwar, India; and Botany, Australia. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close near year-end.

According to Peter Huntsman, chairman, president and CEO of Huntsman Corporation, the transaction accelerates the company’s ability to expand in areas both downstream and complementary to its portfolio and where it can generate more stable margins and consistent free cash flow.

According to Aloke Lohia, group CEO of Indorama Ventures, “This acquisition is a momentous propellant in our journey towards our stated goal of being a global, diversified chemicals company with multiple, and related earnings streams.”

An on-demand webcast is available with more details on Huntsman’s decision to sell its chemical intermediates and surfactants businesses. To view this webcast, click here.

www.huntsman.com

www.indoramaventures.com

Meridian Brings Yarn & Fiber Dyeing Back to US with Opening of New Plant

Galvanin, S.p.A. of Vicenza, Italy, automatic dosing system

Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. (MSYG), opened a new yarn dyeing plant at the site of its current operations in Valdese, North Carolina, USA.

The 116,000 square-foot facility is the first yarn and fiber dyeing operation to be built in the United States in over two decades and offers the only tow-dyeing capacity in the U.S., according to MSYG. Until this summer, all producer-dyed acrylic tow was imported from outside U.S. borders.

The plant officially went live July 8 and is equipped to provide a broad number of traditional capabilities, from chemical treatments to dyeing to a combination of the two. Utilizing next-generation technology, machines, controls and robotics for package, top and tow dyeing, the plant positions MSYG as North America’s most modern manufacturing operation with regard to dyeing technology and robotic support equipment.

Renovations are now taking place in the plant’s original manufacturing plant and when that is done, Meridian’s yarn dye operations – which also include several types of space-dyed yarns as well as twisting capabilities – will span both buildings and 284,600 square feet of office, warehouse and manufacturing space.

“Nothing like this has been built before in North America,” said Tim Manson, president of MSYG. “This is one of the only ‘green field’ yarn and fiber wet-processing plants to be built in the United States in a generation.”

“It’s also a showcase for next-generation yarn dye technology. This includes dye equipment by Galvanin, S.p.A. of Vicenza, Italy; a patented automatic dosing system for dispensing chemicals and auxiliaries from Color Service Dosing Technologies of Dueville VI, Italy; new monitoring and control systems for all of the new dyeing equipment from Adaptive Controls of Huntersville, North Carolina, USA; and a new Galvanin skein printing machine along with support equipment.

“Our new technology gives us the capability to process every dyeable fiber in various forms including yarn, tow and top. This is very unusual in the dyed yarn world,” said Manson.

“We can chemically treat or dye all fiber substrates, ranging from cellulosic and animal fibers, to polyester, nylon and dyeable aramids. Most dye houses specialize in certain products, but we are now in a position to source from all over the world, from every type of textile fiber, supporting a wide array of end uses.”

The package dye technology includes vertical, air pad, low liquor ratio machines that replace all of MSYG’s existing fully-flooded package dye equipment. The new acrylic tow dying capabilities will support the raw material needs at MSYG’s plant in Ranlo, North Carolina, and are also available to outside customers. The skein-printed yarns will go into craft yarns, apparel products and some home furnishings. The top dyed wool capability will support worsted spinners supplying high-end apparel, hosiery and home furnishings.
                                           
The new plant also reflects a large investment in sustainable technologies and processes. The end result is a facility that operates with considerably less environmental impact than other yarn dyeing operations both here in North America and abroad.

Meanwhile, despite installing a new generation of robotics, the company has added positions and is in the process of retraining employees to work with the new technologies.

“We’ve met the initial employment targets of adding 25 jobs and are hiring and retraining,” said Manson. “We did not lose any positions due to new technology.” Meanwhile, the company’s Human Resources Manager, Debbie Sigmon, has begun working extensively in the community and with the local community colleges to develop programs to train a new generation of textile workers, attract new talent to the region, and develop concepts for a workplace that appeals to a younger generation.

“It was important to us to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States while supporting the U.S. textile supply chain as well as the community where we’ve been located for so many decades,” Manson explained. “The new plant and the programs we’re working on in the community do all of the above.”

With all of this, he said, “We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of our parent company, Meridian Industries. The owner of Meridian very much understands the important role manufacturing operations like ours play in the communities where we operate, as well as the importance of supporting U.S.-based textile operations. We are very proud to be part of Meridian Industries.”

The technologies in Meridian’s new manufacturing plant will also bring faster delivery to the North American supply chain for all the industries the company serves, including hosiery, home furnishings and upholstery, apparel, narrow fabrics, carpets and rugs, sewing thread, craft and industrial textiles.

“It’s very exciting and an achievement that has set the stage for a new future for our company, our customers and the North American textile industry,” Manson said. “Simply put, there is no other dye house in the Western Hemisphere that can offer a wider array of processes and capabilities than we can at this plant.”

www.msyg.com

Techtextil, Texprocess North America Announce 2020 Academic Partners

Techtextil North America Poster Presentation

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced their Academic Partners for the next edition of the co-located event, taking place in Atlanta from May 12-14, 2020. The biennial, co-located events is focused on products, technologies and solutions for technical textiles, nonwovens and sewn products sectors.

The Academic Partner program was debuted in 2019 for the Raleigh edition of Techtextil North America, with with North Carolina State University and its Wilson College of Textiles serving in that role. Techtextil North America will continue the program in 2020 through a partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Texprocess Americas will incorporate the program for the first time, through a partnership with the University of Georgia’s Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors program.

The Academic Partner program aims to connect the textile and related industries with the next generation of professionals to enter the workforce. The program incorporates the universities’ professors and administration into educational and special features planning, and provides opportunities for students to attend and showcase their research through programs like the Student Research Poster Program and Tech Talks, with more to be announced in the coming months.  

Located Atlanta, Georgia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSE) was originally called the School of Textile Engineering. The state of Georgia established the program in 1897 to address its demand for education in cotton-based manufacturing technology. Today, faculty are advancing fuel cell technology, nanotechnology, bio-inspired manufacturing, photonics, light emitting diodes, electronic packaging, hypersonic materials, bionics, nanocomposites, light weight nano-actuators and nano-sensors.

MSE at Georgia Tech is one of the largest materials programs in the country in terms of faculty numbers and the most diverse in terms of research areas which focus on all classes and forms of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, fibers, composites, nanostructures, and bio-enabled/biomimetic materials. The MSE faculty are ranked among the top leaders in attracting research funding at Georgia Tech, and head over 15 major interdisciplinary centers dedicated to industry research, including centers devoted to Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Microelectronics, Materials Processing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, Molecular Design, Composites Manufacturing and more.

The University of Georgia (UGA) is located just over an hour outside of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia. UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences houses the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, a partner in Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and supported by the Georgia Softgoods Education Foundation Board. The program’s Fashion Merchandising program offers emphases in Fashion Brand Management, Fashion Design, and Product Development and Design, which is specifically oriented to prepare students for careers in production and sourcing, and encompasses sewing and manufacturing, apparel supply chain, and entrepreneurship. The program’s state-of-the-art labs enable students to learn digital design, pattern making, sewing, construction, and digital printing, and house equipment and technology from SPESA members like Juki, Brother, and Lectra.

For more information on Techtextil and Texprocess North America, visit:
* techtextil-north-america.us.messefrankfurt.com.
* texprocess-americas.us.messefrankfurt.com/atlanta/en.html

TSG Expands DEFEND DWR to Serve the Nonwovens Industry

TSG Finishing, LLC with operating plants in Hickory and Conover, NC is announced the expansion of its DEFEND brand of high-performance finishing products to its wide-width nonwovens coating and converting business.

“In less than two years DEFEND has become the standard-bearer for high-performance finishing in the residential and contract upholstery markets,” said Michael Goldman, president and 5th generation owner of TSG. “Using the DEFEND platform, we are now able to deliver the same level of customization and performance to the nonwovens market.”

TSG’s high-speed, wide-width finishing technology services many markets including healthcare, construction, automotive and filtration. TSG’s capabilities include both low- and high-viscosity coating to 156” (3,962mm), precision slitting and rewinding to 172” (4,368mm) and high-speed tentering for heatsetting applications. “The brilliance of DEFEND is our ability to bolt-on additional capabilities to the DWR backbone, including anti-abrasion, anti-microbial, anti-static and FR,” Goldman said. “Providing custom solutions to solve our customers’ needs has always been our bread and butter. DEFEND just gives us another tool in the shed.”

Current Capabilities offered by TSG Finishing:

  • Coating & Tentering (Extending to 156 Inches)
  • Slitting & Rewinding (Extending to 172 Inches)
  • Low-Viscosity Coatings (Dips)
  • High-Viscosity Coatings (Backing or Face-Coatings)
  • Ability to Handle Difficult Materials such as Kevlar and Fiber Glass
  • Custom Compound of our Chemistry

TSG Finishing currently has three finishing plants in Hickory and Conover, North Carolina that are dedicated to the enhancement of textile products. Executive offices are located in Devon, PA.

For more information contact:
TSG
Tel: 1-215-628-2000
Email: sales@tsgfinishing.com
Website: www.tsgfinishing.com