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.

JX Nippon ANCI launches Milife

JX Nippon ANCI, Inc. headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, with manufacturing in Roanoke, AL and composite manufacturing in Dalton, Georgia, will launch, Milife®, their fine denier polyester nonwoven in January 2018 for filtration applications.

Milife is a continuous fiber product but is made by a propriety technology that is not like spunbond. It utilizes a nonwoven process with continuous, oriented filaments, with machine and cross direction fibers alignment. Milife is available as MD only or with MD and CD strands.  Milife is manufactured in Japan by a sister company under stringent quality procedures and is exclusively distributed by JX Nippon ANCI, Inc. – Kennesaw GA.

The technology allows very fine fiber sizes. Milife normally has fiber diameters of 10 microns (1 dpf) and Milife Microfiber has fiber diameters of 2.7 microns. This places Milife fiber sizes between spunbond and meltblown and with Milife Microfiber smaller/equal than meltblown. Milife fiber sizes fills a gap in the current nonwoven fiber sizes available.

Milife is a thin product, with exceptional narrow fiber size distribution, low elongation, dimensional stability, and excellent web uniformity. It is available with weights from 8 gsm to 60 gsm. Milife is currently used in luxury packaging, interior decoration, specialty tapes, medical and other industrial applications. Milife can be used in filtration products as a support material, as a filter media or as a fine denier component in a composite.

JX Nippon ANCI, VP Sales & Marketing, Gabriel Cuellar, notes “we are excited on the launch of Milife for filtration applications and believe Milife with its unique properties offers additional and new options to filter manufacturers.”

Messe Frankfurt, Inc. & SPESA Announce Extension of Contract to Co-Produce Texprocess Americas

Messe Frankfurt, Inc. and SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) recently announced an agreement to extend the contract to co-produce the Texprocess Americas trade show through 2032.

Texprocess Americas is the largest North American trade fair for the equipment and technology for the development, sourcing, and production of sewn products.

The fourth edition of Texprocess Americas will be held May 22 – 24, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia and once again co-located with Techtextil North America, making it the largest technical textile, nonwoven, machinery, sewn products, technology, and equipment trade show in the Americas.

Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America were both named 2016 Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States.

“Messe Frankfurt prides itself in focusing on a long-term commitment to the industries it serves.  As the largest organizer of textile events globally, extending the ongoing collaboration agreement with SPESA is special for us and underlines our dedication to the sewn products industry in the Americas,” commented Dennis Smith, President and CEO, Messe Frankfurt, Inc. in North America.

“The announcement today is further evidence of the close relationship between SPESA and Messe Frankfurt, which has grown exponentially since the original agreement was signed in 2010,” said Benton Gardner, SPESA President. “This agreement with our long-standing and valued partner, Messe Frankfurt, will have a positive impact on the industry that both organizations serve. SPESA is pleased and excited to continue this important collaboration.”

Maag Introduces New Facilities In Shanghai And Guangzhou

Maag, a worldwide-leading manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletizing systems, filtration systems and pulverizers for use in the plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, recently announced the opening of two new facilities that will serve the Chinese market.

The first is a new 4,000 m2 facility in the Jiading District of Shanghai. This larger, more spacious facility will help Maag better showcase its portfolio of pelletizer, gear pump and pulverizer products to its customers in this market, as well as highlight the capabilities of its Gala and RE Scheer brands. The facility will include production for Maag’s pumps and pelletizers as well as offices for its sales, service and after sales support. The new facility currently houses 80 employees and features the largest rotor-regrinding center in China, with the ability to process up to 2,000 rotors per year. This will all enable Maag to offer better, more complete service and solutions to its customers.

To unveil the new facility, an open house was held for its customers and the local business community on Nov. 1. Among those attending were Ueli Thuerig, President of Maag and Paul Merich, Vice President and General Manager of Maag in Greater China.

“We are excited to take this next step in the Chinese market as we bring our excellent products, service and solutions closer to our customers,” said Merich in his opening remarks. “We have built this facility with the intention of bringing global manufacturing quality and expertise to China.”

The second facility is a brand-new rotor-regrinding center in the city of Guangzhou, which will introduce Maag’s high-quality rotor-regrinding services to its large client base in the south of China. The rotor-regrinding center will offer the same high level of quality and service as that found in the Shanghai facility and Maag’s other grinding centers around the world. In addition, an applications/technical lab is being set up at the facility, which will allow hands-on demonstrations of all Maag products, including those from Maag, Gala and RE Scheer. Finally, the facility will be home to a new sales office for the region.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of our staff here in China who have worked extremely hard over the past months to make these new facilities in Shanghai and Guangzhou possible,” concluded Merich.

For more information on Maag and its various product lines, please visit maag.com.

About Maag
Maag is the worldwide leading manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletizing systems, filtration systems and pulverizers for demanding applications in the plastics, chemical, petrochemical and food industries. Maag develops, manufactures and distributes innovative, customized solutions for complete pump and pelletizing systems – with the expertise based on its long-term industrial tradition since 1910.

Maag is known around the globe as a pioneer and technology leader in the development and manufacture of gear pumps and complete system solutions tailored to customer needs. The company has for decades been renowned for the quality and innovative technology of its pelletizing solutions. Gala Industries, as well as Reduction Engineering Scheer, recently joined the Maag family and extend the product portfolio with pulverizers and additional pelletizing systems.

Maag manufactures in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, USA and China, with additional sales offices in France, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Thailand and Brazil, and employs more than 1,000 staff. It is represented in the markets with its brands “Maag Pump & Filtration Systems“, “Automatik Scheer Strand Pelletizers“, “Gala Automatik Underwater Pelletizers“ and “Reduction Pulverizing Systems“.

Huntsman Textile Effects solves storage yellowing with STABILON® NPY

Industry-leading protection against phenolic yellowing helps mills improve quality and profitability

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the industry’s best-performing protective agent against phenolic yellowing: STABILON® NPY. It helps mills protect product quality and avoid costly recalls by ensuring that lingerie, swimwear, underwear and other polyamide garments in whites and pale shades will not yellow during storage or transit.

Pale and full white polyamide fabrics are prone to unsightly yellowing when they come into contact with phenolic antioxidants, which are frequently encountered during textile processing and commonly present in packaging materials. STABILON NPY protective agents prevent such yellowing by blocking the free amino end-groups of polyamide fibers.

“With STABILON NPY protective agent, brands, retailers and mills now have an upgraded offering to conventional products in the market that prevent costly storage yellowing on high-performance polyamides. This new technology from Huntsman delivers superior protection at a previously unattainable cost-performance ratio, while also meeting stringent environmental standards,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.

Designed to help mills enhance quality and profitability, STABILON NPY protective agents are easy to use and highly effective at low concentrations. It will not foam and is suitable for all exhaustion machines and processes, withstanding severe, high temperature processing conditions such as moulding. It delivers a silky-smooth handle and does not impair light fastness.

STABILON NPY protective agents comply with the requirements of bluesign®, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Roadmap and the Restricted Substances Lists of the world’s most exacting global brands. Polyamide fabrics treated with STABILON NPY protective agents are suitable for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, earning the Confidence in Textiles label.