Kelheim Fibres Celebrates 4,000,000 Tons of Viscose Fibers

Production Manager Konrad Brunner (on the right) and a part of his team proudly present the 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibers from Kelheim.

On Monday April 9, 2018, speciality fibers manufacturer Kelheim Fibres produced their 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibers!

The “jubilee ton“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fiber – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner: “This speciality fiber is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars of our business. This fiber combines our strengths: unique and patented fiber properties meet production conditions that fulfill the strict hygiene requirements of this sensitive final product. It’s not by chance that we have established a world-leading position in this area.”

Considering that about 5,000 shirts or even 500,000 tampons can be produced from one ton of viscose fibers alone, one can get an idea of how many people all over the world have come into contact with viscose fibers from Kelheim.

CEO Craig Barker is proud of the “anniversary” too: “Of course, there are bigger viscose fiber plants than ours. Plants that can produce the same amount of fibers in less time. But there is no one else who is able to put more than 80 years of experience in every single one of their fibers. At Kelheim, there are families working in the third or even fourth generation for our company. Their loyalty as well as their engagement and know-how are the cornerstone of our success: Our employees, together with our consistent innovation strategy and our small and flexible production lines, make us the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibers. To further reinforce that position is our goal for the next million tons of viscose fibers and beyond!”

Saurer Invests in Arbon – New Technology Center Following in the Footsteps of the Pioneering Founders

The Saurer Group announced April 27, 2018 that it is establishing a technology center in Arbon, Switzerland. The research and development center at the home of the Saurer textiles group will combine Saurer’s leading expertise in sensor technology and automation with the latest innovations of Industry 4.0.

Saurer is currently advertising around 10 vacancies, and the first candidates have already been found. The Group believes it can create up to 40 jobs over the next years. Anton Kehl, Chief Technology Officer of the Saurer Group, said: “Our return to the roots of the Saurer textiles group is inspired by the pioneering spirit of our founders. Here in Arbon, Franz Saurer developed the first hand-knitting machine in 1869, built the first automatic embroidery machine in 1912, and conquered the world with his modern trucks from 1905. We aim to plot our course in this spirit of energy and innovation once again.”

The technology center in Arbon will work closely with existing research and development departments of the Saurer Group. This joint approach will be guided by Saurer’s central development philosophy that is summarized in the formula “E3+I”, which stands for “Energy, Economics and Ergonomics plus Intelligence”.

The formula symbolizes Saurer’s efforts to manufacture machines with minimum energy consumption, maximum production efficiency and pioneering ergonomics. At the same time, it intelligently integrates all of the data gathered during production with a view to implementing self-optimizing systems, preventive maintenance or intelligent quality control, for example.

Concluding, Anton Kehl said: “New developments in Industry 4.0 offer great opportunities for a group like Saurer. We aim to exploit these new opportunities, and to evaluate how they can be used to the advantage of our customers. Our vision is to become a smart industrial solutions and services provider, and the Saurer technology centre will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to helping us achieve this.”

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.”

For more information on Techtextil North America, please visit www.techtextilna.com

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.