Techtextil North America 2019 Sets its Sights on Raleigh

The sixteenth edition of Techtextil North America announces the 2019 premier trade show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The relocation to Raleigh brings the show back to the heart of the North American Textile Industry, with drive-in access for many leading global companies and within minutes of one of the best airports in the US, Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

North Carolina’s rich history in textile production dates back to the 1800s and today serves as the location of several of the most important global textile companies, industry associations and educational resources. North Carolina leads the U.S. in the textile mill industry with over 700 textile manufacturing establishments and over 42,000 industry workers.

In addition, North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located in downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide.

“We are thrilled to announce Raleigh as the Destination City for Techtextil North America 2019,” said Dennis Smith, President, Messe Frankfurt North America. “Not only is North Carolina an international hub for industry and innovation in textiles, but the city of Raleigh has become one of the fastest growing, more forward-thinking in the nation. Techtextil North America 2019 aims to provide a regional platform for the global textile industry to conduct business, and the concentration of companies, associations, and educational institutions in the area makes Raleigh the perfect location for our exhibitors and visitors to come together to do so.”

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Expert Insight and Industry Innovation Showcased at Middle East & North Africa Symposium

Dubai MENA 2018

EDANA, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, welcomed over 200 delegates from more than 100 companies to Dubai for the fourth edition of the region’s premier conference for the nonwovens industry in February 2018.

The symposium and exhibition featured expert analysis on market outlook, product innovation, demographic trends and sustainability initiatives over the two-day event, with dedicated sessions on geotextiles, raw material trends and nonwovens in the health sector.

Feedback from participants throughout the event emphasized satisfaction with the support provided to the industry and the many opportunities to meet with peers. “This symposium has recognized the importance of the MENA region for the nonwovens industry and allowed my team and me to meet many of our customers in a friendly, informative and efficient way. The diverse range of presentations and delegates has helped further cement the region as a growth generator for the industry” said Haitham Alhudhaif, President of Saudi German Co. for Nonwoven Products.

Mahdy Katbe, CEO of Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries, echoed these sentiments “EDANA’s 4th MENA Symposium reaffirms their commitment to supporting multiple industries and areas. For the MENA region, one of the world’s most promising, EDANA’s resources are proving to be solid support pillars for the industry itself, the regulatory framework and end users.”

Other delegates highlighted the unique mix of insight and industry updates provided by such a gathering “all the nonwoven symposia I have joined over the years have always surpassed my expectations and Dubai is no exception. Listening to ideas and challenges in unrelated application fields remains and inspiring source for fresh ideas” said Ludwig Busam, Director Global Material Development & Supply Baby Care at Procter & Gamble. Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive Partner at Schlegel & Partners concurred, adding that “the symposium has been a useful source of both inspirational knowledge, and technical innovations from expert speakers”.

“In addition to providing another successful platform for business development in the region, EDANA concurrently held its first ever board meeting outside of Europe here in Dubai, a testament to our reach and commitment to cater to the needs of our members and their markets” concluded Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA.

Textile innovations from Germany presented in the USA

‘High-Tex from Germany’ presents technical textiles, textile machines and textile-processing machines at Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas from 22 to 24 May 2018

66 companies from the German textile, textile-machinery and garment-technology industries will make presentations at the ‘High-Tex from Germany’ exhibition within the framework of the Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas trade fairs in Atlanta, May 22 to 24 2018. ‘High-Tex from Germany’ is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (Messeausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. – AUMA). Elaborately designed and covering an area of more than 1,300 square meters, the exhibition shows textile innovations ‘made in Germany’ from the fields of technical textiles, nonwovens, textile-processing machines, smart textiles and textile research. Additionally, the exhibitors will introduce their products and services in lectures, demonstrations and multi-media presentations at the ‘Plaza’.

“The USA is one of the most important export markets for German textile companies. For us as representatives of the German textile sector, the joint presentation within the framework of ´High-Tex from Germany´ is a great opportunity to cultivate existing contacts in the USA and to make new ones. With this exhibition, we are bringing our technologies to our customers in the USA”, said Marc Lorch, Member of the Board of Zwissler Holding and Exhibitor President of the participating companies.

Technical textiles for all fields

Today, technical textiles are to be found in virtually every field of human endeavor. In Atlanta, the German manufacturers of high-performance textiles and fibers taking part will show the complete spectrum of applications, from the automobile industry, via architecture, to personal protective equipment.

With their Gertex and Zoeppritex divisions, Zwisstex and other exhibitors will present the latest fabrics and technologies for laminating, backing and coating, primarily for the automobile sector. At Kufner, trade visitors from the outdoor, fashion and sports industries will find insoles and, at Südwolle, technical yarns. Also in the field of functional apparel are the flame-resistant textiles by Pyrotex, which can also be found in the automobile and aviation sectors, in architecture and building, as well as in contract textiles. Additionally, a start-up, Lunative Laboratories, will show LED hoodies. Technical textiles for the automobile and aviation sectors also come from Curt Bauer. New developments in the nonwoven field will be shown by several exhibitors including Frenzelit, Polyvlies, Sandler, Smart Polymer and Tenowo.

From CAD/CAM to embroidery: a wide range of machines

The range of exhibits in the textile-machine segment and machines for processing technical textiles covers the entire textile manufacturing and processing chain: processing nonwovens is one of the core specialities of Autefa Solutions. Expert International present CAD/CAM technologies. JBF Maschinenbau stands, inter alia, for textile machines for processing yarns, twine, ropes and ribbons. Georg Sahm, Dietze and Schell Maschinenfabrik will show the latest bobbin-winding machines while Dornier presents weaving technologies. Cutting machines will be shown by Schoen and Sandt Machinery. Exhibitors in the field of high-performance sewing machines include RSG Automation Technics and Strobel Spezialmaschinen. Everything revolves around embroidery at ZSK Stickmaschinen. Machines for fixing, backing, scattering and ironing are core areas of expertise of Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer. High-precision textile dressing and coating are the focal points of A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, Benninger Zell and Olbrich.

The exhibition spectrum also includes textile aids, measuring and control technology and testing services.

Visitors can also obtain information about current research projects from the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research (DITF), the Association of the Finishing, Yarns, Woven Fabrics and Technical Textiles Industry (IVGT), the Tübingen-Reutlingen-Zollernalb location agency and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.

Teijin Marks a Century of Innovation at JEC World 2018

The Teijin Group announced that it will showcase a wide range of high-performance composite products at JEC World 2018, the annual exhibition that will take place this year from March 6 to 8 in Paris.

Celebrating a century of innovative development since its founding in 1918, the Teijin Group will present several of its composite and material solutions. The comprehensive presence of the Teijin Group at JEC World 2018 is an evidence of its range of solutions with its high-performance materials and composite technologies for a diverse array of applications such as aerospace, automotive, marine, civil engineering, energy, oil and gas, sporting goods, heat and flame protection and ballistics.

Composite Solutions:

– Tenax Part via Preform (PvP) enables serial production of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) automotive parts. Tenax carbon fiber is sprayed, consolidated and trimmed automatically into near net-shape preforms, helping to reduce carbon fiber waste and minimize intermediate processing. The injection uses a high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) technology including an in-mold coating step providing easy surface painting. An automotive part produced in small series will be exhibited.

– Sereebo is the world’s first mass-production technology for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) and improves production efficiency by significantly reducing molding time to less than one minute. Useful solutions are possible for high-volume mass production of automotive parts such as front bulkhead, crash can, and more.

– TCA Ultra Lite is a 1.2 specific gravity sheet molding compound. It offers a premium Class A finish with paint and gloss qualities comparable to metals, including aluminum. The material is able to withstand the E-coat process, and passes all OEM paint tests and is currently in production on 21 body panel assemblies of the 2017 Chevrolet C7 Corvette.

Material Solutions:

– Tenax carbon fibers are high-tech carbon fiber products, which significantly enhance properties in thermoset and thermoplastic composites. Tenax ThermoPlastics provide high mechanical performance, chemical resistance and recyclability. Combined with rapid production processes, they allow short processing time and low scrap rates. Tenax Dry Reinforcements are specifically designed textiles for infusion technology such as woven and non-crmip fabrics that provide excellent potential for high production rates, integral structures, complex shapes and flexibility of parts design. They fulfill the highest standards in performance for the aerospace industry.

– Twaron and Technora para-aramid fibers offer attractive energy-saving and eco-minded solutions such as air freight containers made from Twaron which are not only light weight but also flame- and heat resistant.

– Endumax Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) provides superior strength, dimensional stability, light weight and durability as demanded in ballistic protection. Endumax allows the production of extremely large plates suitable for armoring even large vehicles. High-tech laminated sails that integrate Endumax which can easily meet higher expectations and requirements will be showcased.

JEC World 2018 is organized by the JEC Group, the world’s largest composites industry organization with a network of 550,000 composite industry professionals around the world.

About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY741.3 billion (USD 6.5 billion) and total assets of JPY 964.1 billion (USD 8.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

Radici Yarn SpA renews its ISO 14001 certification

The list of RadiciGroup companies certified to the ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard just got longer. Radici Yarn SpA’s production sites in Villa d’Ogna and Ardesio, province of Bergamo, Italy, recently received the Certiquality document officially attesting to their achievement.

Care for the environment and reducing the environmental impact of production activities have always been central to the mode of operation at all RadiciGroup sites. This commitment starts with the Group shareholders and top management and is now an integral part of the corporate culture.

“All employees, in carrying out the duties of their positions, demonstrate their daily commitment to the successful implementation of the environmental management system, so as to attain ‘continuous improvement’ in the environmental performance of our production sites,” said Oscar Novali, business area manager of RadiciGroup Comfort Fibres.

The transition to the 2015 edition of EN ISO 14001 compelled the company to take a different organizational approach. It provided the chance to view the management system as a useful tool to make internal processes and dynamics more consistent and in step with the continuously changing business context by evaluating risks and opportunities.