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.

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.”