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

Truetzschler Opens New Customer and Technology Center for Nonwovens

Truetzschler opened its new customer and technology center for nonwovens in Egelsbach (near Frankfurt /Main) to push the technological innovations of nonwoven products as well as the related manufacturing processes. The opening took place in May, 2019

The family-owned company was established in 1888 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of textile machinery today. The key factors for the success of the Truetzschler Group are sustainable technological innovation, the quality of its machines and its strong customer orientation. Thus, the investment in the new nonwovens customer and technology center is the logical consequence to further develop the solid status of today to technology and quality leadership in this segment.

The technology center presents two complete production lines: an inline carding line with thermobonding and spunlacing equipment and a spunlace-crosslapper line in an industrial working width. Both lines feature a wide range of possible variations and options to realize innovative end products.

About Truetzschler

With about 3000 employees, Truetzschler is one of the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturer. Truetzschler specializes in machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and manmade fiber industry. The headquarters of the company, which was established in 1988, is located in Moenchengladbach, Germany. The subsidiaries Truetzschler Nonwovens and Man-Made Fiber GmbH with two production sites, and Truetzschler Card Clothing GmbH, are also located in Germany. Sites in India, China, Brazil, USA and Switzerland, as well as a number of service centers, provide customer proximity in the important textile processing areas.

The production program of Truetzschler Nonwovens includes complete lines for the production of nonwovens from bale opening, web forming and bonding to finishing and winding. In addition, Truetzschler offers its customers other services as repair works and supply of spare parts as well as advisory expertise for machinery and process optimization / improvements.

For more information on the Truetzschler Group visit: www.truetzschler.com

Excitement Mounts as INDA’s World of Wipes® (WOW) 2019 Nears Preservatives, Sustainability, Industrial Wipes Headline Conference

With the 13th annual World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference June 24-27 fast approaching, excitement is mounting for the event that will bring together hundreds of industry professionals from around the world to convene, connect, and collaborate at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Ga.

As the multi-billion-dollar wipes sector continues to enjoy growth, industry leaders will summit to address critical issues and new advances driven by increased demand for healthier, safer, and greener wipes.

The dynamic line-up of more than 25 presenters will tackle such topics as sustainable and transparent formulations for home and personal care products; safety versus efficacy in preservative developments; consumer trade and trends; medical and industrial wipes; material developments; and sustainability challenges of disposing plastics.

More than 400 industry professionals from 20-plus countries are expected to attend the three-day event that brings together the entire wipes supply chain. WOW 2019 will open with a welcome reception on June 24 at The Commerce Club. The conference June 25-27 will also include evening receptions, tabletop presentations, daily breakfasts, and networking breaks.

World of Wipes Innovation Award

The World of Wipes Innovation Award® winner will be announced on June 27. The annual award recognizes the product that most expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain. Last year’s recipient was Diamond Wipes International’s Hero Wipes, an innovative new wipe that removes toxic, cancer-causing carcinogens from firefighters’ skin. Finalists this year are Kelheim Fibres GmbH’s Danufil® QR Fibres, Bawdy’s Butt Sheet Masks, and Earthly’s Not Yet Wet Wipes.

WOW Conference Highlights

Keynote Address: Lisa Morden, Vice President Safety and Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, will speak about creating more responsible wiping products with an eye toward a sustainable future. She will discuss the emerging challenges companies face from NGOs, regulatory agencies and activist consumers and ways to reduce post-consumer waste.

INDA Thought Leaders: INDA President Dave Rousse will talk about the current state of flushability and nonwovens’ next challenge of plastics in the environment. Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken will address the trade war with China as part of her presentation on global nonwovens trade and tariffs while Director of Market Research & Statistics Brad Kalil will share findings on the future direction of the North American wipes market.

Preservations: The impact of restrictions and pressure from NGOs on traditional preservative chemistries in wet wipes will be discussed by Dolores Shaw, Senior Microbiologist, DuPont Microbial Control; Doug Cole, Vice President of Global Product Development, Rockline Industries; Andress Johnson, Technical Manager, Personal Care & Household, Thor Specialties, and other speakers.

Sustainability: Experts exploring the topics of sustainability, ingredient transparency and packaging include Nicole Acevedo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Elavo Mundi Solutions; Jim Flannery, CEO, SummitVentures; Jonathan Layer, Business Development Manager – Americas, Fibertex Nonwovens; Jennifer Lewis, Packaging & Sustainability Manager, Rockline Industries; Rebecca Mick, Technical Sustainability Lead / Research Scientist, Bemis Company; and Henning Roettger, Director of Innovation, Glatfelter Gernsbach GmbH.

Industrial and Medical Wipes: Paul Harmon, EVP Commercial HH&S, Berry Global will outline key trends driving innovation in consumer services, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, and building services. He also will identify and explore innovations in chemistry, wiping fabrics, packaging/delivery, and cleaning mechanisms including robots and information technology (IT).

Consumer Trends: Learning how to successfully sell wipes in the e-commerce marketplace will be the topic of a trending talk on “How to Navigate the Amazon Jungle” by Richard Palmer, President and Co-founder of Nehemiah Manufacturing.
The WIPES Academy

Preceding the conference, Rob Johnson, PE, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates will teach The WIPES Academy, June 24-25. The Academy is the first and only comprehensive wipes training for the entire wipes supply chain. A separate registration fee applies and pre-registration is required.

About INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit inda.org or call 919-459-3700.

Archroma Opens Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Germany

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has officially inaugurated its new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Korschenbroich, Germany.

The site is part of former M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors, that Archroma acquired between 2014 and 2018.

The inauguration ceremony, held on 6 May 2019 in the presence of Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, and Mark Dohmen, former CEO of M. Dohmen and Head of the new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, also celebrated the merger of M. Dohmen GmbH into Archroma Germany GmbH.

With the new Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, Archroma creates a global hub for technical expertise, market knowledge, technology and creativity. The site of Korschenbroich will therefore continue to operate as a specialist production and laboratory facility specialized in dyes and auxiliaries for synthetic fibers and wool, such as the Dorospers®, Dorolan® and Fadex® ranges.

The exceptional combination of global experts, R&D laboratory and production will be fully dedicated to helping manufacturers of automotive and synthetic textiles to optimize their productivity and create value in their markets.

The new Competence Center for Automotive and Synthetic Dyeing comes as a new addition to Archroma’s existing network of global hubs of expertise: The Global Competence Center for Special Dyes in Barcelona, Spain and the Global Competence Center for Finishing in Reinach, Switzerland.

“The new Archroma Global Competence Center will strive to create the new innovative and sustainable system solutions that our customers need to win on their markets,” Alexander Wessels commented at the ceremony. “This is how we best support our customers, whilst at the same time pushing on our agenda to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable.”

“I am extremely proud to see the strong experience of M. Dohmen being the foundation of Archroma’s Global Competence Center for Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing in Germany, serving customers operating in applications as demanding and challenging as automotive or technical textiles,” Mark Dohmen added.

Lenzing Makes a Very Solid Start to the 2019 Financial Year

  • Very positive development of the specialty fiber business with a 47 percent share in revenue
  • Market environment for standard viscose still very tight
  • Resolution on dividend: EUR 3.00 plus special dividend of EUR 2.00 per share
  • Outlook confirmed: Earnings for 2019 expected at a similar level as in 2018

The Lenzing Group continued its solid development in the first quarter of 2019. Despite a much tighter market environment, the Lenzing Group even recorded a slight increase in revenue, proving once again that it has chosen the right path with its sCore TEN corporate strategy. The declining prices for standard viscose were largely offset in earnings.

Group revenue rose by 1.8 percent to EUR 560 mill. in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter of 2018. This increase is primarily attributable to a better product mix – the share of specialty fibers in revenue of 47.3 percent significantly exceeded the prior-year value of 42.1 percent – and more favorable exchange rates. Consequently, declining prices for standard viscose were more than offset. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) dropped by 9.5 percent to EUR 92 mill. In addition to the market environment for standard viscose, this was primarily caused by currency effects, which burdened material and personnel costs. The EBITDA margin dropped from 18.5 percent in the first quarter of 2018 to 16.4 percent in the reporting period. EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) fell by 21.1 percent to EUR 54.4 mn, leading to a lower EBIT margin of 9.7 percent (01-03/2018: 12.5 percent). Net profit for the period dropped by 14.5 percent from  EUR  50  mill.  in   the   previous   year   to   EUR   42.8   mill.   Earnings   per   share   amounted   to   EUR 1.65 (01-03/2018: EUR 1.89).

The 75th Annual General  Meeting of  Lenzing AG on April 17, 2019 resolved to distribute a dividend of EUR 3.00 per share as well as a special dividend totaling EUR 2.00 per share.

“Our specialty fiber business is still developing very well, which has made us significantly more resilient today than only a few years ago. In order to become even more resistant to market fluctuations, we continue to advance the implementation of the sCore TEN strategy and the planned major projects in Brazil and Thailand with great discipline”, said Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group.

Expansion of pulp and lyocell capacities

CAPEX (acquisition of property, plant and equipment) dropped by 22.4 percent to EUR 45.7 mill. in the first quarter of 2019. This decline is attributable to the completion of the expansion project in Heiligenkreuz (Austria) in 2018 and the ongoing planning for the major projects in Brazil and Thailand, which will only have an effect on the investment volume in the coming quarters. The basic engineering for the construction of the new lyocell plant in Prachinburi, near Bangkok, is making equally good progress as the planned establishment of the pulp plant in Minas Gerais.

Heiligenkreuz at full capacity again
At the site in Heiligenkreuz a fire occurred on February 1, 2019 causing a shutdown of the lyocell production for several weeks. Material damage and the damage resulting from the interruption of operations are covered by insurance. Production at the site is now running at full capacity again.

Even greater focus on innovation and customer intimacy
Lenzing also continues to intensify its collaboration with next generation fashion designers in Asia. Recently, with the TENCEL™ Studio, a design center featuring fashion from TENCEL™ fibers was opened in Singapore. The center is the next step in the effort to give consumers an insight into innovations and new applications. In the area of nonwovens, another milestone was set with the start of the establishment of an innovation center in Germany. The new test facility, which is being set up in cooperation with the Hof University of Applied Sciences, enables Lenzing to work even more closely with its customers and partners in the hygiene, cosmetics and medical industries.

Sustainability: Partner for Change
For the Lenzing Group, sustainability is not only a core value of the corporate strategy but also a key business driver and stimulus for innovation. The focus of the Sustainability Report 2018, which was published in March of this year, is on the wide range of activities the company is engaged in pursuing its mission of greening up the value chain. The Report is entitled “Partner for Change“, with the most recent example of this concept being the cooperation with the Swiss retailer Coop and the Austrian supermarkets of REWE International AG. Together their new reusable net bags for fruit and vegetables, Lenzing and its partners offer consumers an eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging. Reusable net bags made from LENZING™ modal fibers offer a significant ecological advantage over conventional plastic packaging because of their natural origin, which makes them biodegradable and compostable.

Outlook

The International Monetary Fund expects a slowdown of global economic growth to 3.3 percent in 2019, mainly driven by increasing protectionist tendencies and growing geopolitical tensions. The currency environment in the regions relevant to Lenzing will remain volatile.

Demand on the global fiber markets is still positive. According to preliminary calculations, cotton inventory levels should decline slightly again in 2019. Over the past months, the polyester market recovered from slower growth at the beginning of the reporting year. The price levels for cotton and polyester are expected to remain stable. Capacity expansions for standard viscose should remain at a similar level as in the 2018 financial year. Despite strong demand, this will result in growing oversupply, which will cause even higher pressure on prices. The Lenzing Group expects the positive development of its specialty fiber business to continue.

Caustic soda prices in Asia have already declined significantly over the past months; however, there are no signs of such a development in Europe yet. Overall, Lenzing does not expect any significant changes for key raw materials that would be relevant to earnings.

Based on the current exchange rates, the Lenzing Group continues to expect its results for 2019 to reach a similar level as in 2018 despite a much tighter market environment for standard viscose. These developments reassure the Lenzing Group in its chosen corporate strategy sCore TEN. Lenzing is very well positioned in this market environment and will continue its consistent focus on growth with specialty fibers.