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.

Messe Frankfurt intensifies its textile-related involvement in Africa

Morocco, Ethiopia and South Africa: Network comprises the most important textile regions in Africa

First Ethiopia, then South Africa and shortly Morocco: Messe Frankfurt is expanding its portfolio of textile trade fairs on the African continent. With its forthcoming cooperation with the two trade fairs Maroc in Mode and Maroc Sourcing, the global market leader for textile trade fairs is expanding its presence in North West Africa. “In the future, our network will extend across important textile regions in Africa and encompass the leading trade fairs on the emerging continent,” explained Olaf Schmidt, vice president Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. “With our commitment to Ethiopia, South Africa and, in future, Morocco, we have created excellent conditions to support the positive developments in Africa’s textile industry”.

Demographic change, increasing urbanization and shifts in economic forces – these global developments are promoting the growth of the African economy and having a significant impact on the textile industry. According to the UN Economic Report on Africa 2017, Africa has the fastest growing population. The current population of around 1.2 billion people will more than double by 2050. The number of working people on the African continent is also increasing rapidly. The largest working population (1.1 billion) in the world is predicted to be in Africa by 2034. These demographic changes are causing personal and business consumption to increase sharply, and this will primarily benefit regional economic markets.

Morocco: Maroc in Mode & Maroc Sourcing
Morocco in particular offers great potential for the clothing trade: Morocco’s proximity to important fashion markets such as the EU and the USA, various free trade agreements and a recent economic growth rate of 4 percent (between 2010 and 2015, Nachrichten für den Außenhandel, NfA, 19 January 2017) create a secure business climate. The Maroc in Fashion and Maroc Sourcing trade fairs, which have been in existence since 2014, currently showcase around 120 exhibitors from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, China and a number of Western European countries. The extensive product portfolio inspires with its strong expertise in fashion. The trade fairs are regarded as a hotspot for fast fashion and not only present fashion, denim, lingerie and knitwear, but also sports and casual wear, workwear and accessories. Messe Frankfurt will agree on a cooperation with AMITH (Association Marocaine des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement), the organiser of the event, for the next edition. The trade fair will take place on 26-27 October 2017 at the Exhibition Park Hassan Circuit in Marrakesh.

South Africa: Source Africa & ATF Expo
South Africa is the continent’s strongest economic power and one of the largest consumer markets. The country has the most powerful retail sector and is the best networked of all African countries. This international networking and its regional free trade agreements make South Africa an important hub for trade with other African countries as well as neighboring Pacific countries such as the Arabian Peninsula and India.

With the recently approved takeover of the Source Africa and ATF fairs, Messe Frankfurt is driving the exchange between international and regional buyers, manufacturers and suppliers in this region. Source Africa was founded in 2014 as a trade fair for African producers of fabrics, accessories, clothing, shoes and leather items. It appeals not only to African trade buyers but also to international manufacturers of clothing and fashion. The fifth edition of the fair will take place on 20-21 June 2018 at the International Convention Center (CTICC) in Cape Town. ATF Expo will open its doors at the same venue from 21 to 23 November 2017. Ever since 1998, this trade fair has offered an internationally-oriented product range of fabrics, clothing, shoes, leather goods and accessories as well as services for a predominantly local and regional purchasing community.

Ethiopia: successful start for Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess
In eastern Africa, Ethiopia has developed into an attractive contract manufacturing country for clothing and leather goods thanks to the government’s strategy of focusing on light industry. Ethiopia also benefits from free trade agreements such as AGOA that are aimed at promoting the African economy. With the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW), Messe Frankfurt has had a strong partner at its side ever since the latest edition in October 2017. Offshoots of the three trade fair brands Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess were integrated into the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week for the first time. It is a sourcing platform for mainly European and US fashion companies. The seventh edition brought together around 200 international exhibitors from 25 countries in Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall. Clothing fabrics, contract manufacturing, fashion and accessories were exhibited as well as machinery for contract manufacturing, CAD/CAM systems, printers, printing inks and accessories. In addition, the trade fair also impressed visitors with a fashion show, a series of lectures, a trend section and a matchmaking platform.

Messe Frankfurt: A strong presence in global textile markets
With a portfolio of over 50 international textile trade fairs, Messe Frankfurt is the global market leader in trade fairs for the textile industry. In 2016, around 19,500 exhibitors and approx. 477,000 visitors came to the events in Europe, North America and Asia. With the name Texpertise Network, the textile event offer of Messe Frankfurt covers the entire value creation chain – from apparel fabrics and fashion to home and contract textiles, technical textiles and the processing and care of textiles. The trade fairs include the successful brands Texworld, Apparel Sourcing, Ethical Fashion Show, Greenshowroom, Intertextile, Yarn Expo, Leatherworld, Emitex, Avantex, Avanprint, Heimtextil, Intertextile Home Textiles, Interior Lifestyle, Home Textiles Sourcing, Techtextil, Texprocess, Simatex, Confemaq and Texcare.