News from the world of Technical Textiles

Excerpt: The collection of all the local and international news on Technical Textiles and their research and developments in chemical industry

First ever EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium tastes success

THE first EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS) was held in Beijing, 7 - 8 June, attracting over 200 participants from 14 countries. Co-organised by the China Industrial Textiles Industry Association (CNITA) and EDANA, the Symposium was also supported by several other key international organizations including the International Textile Manufacturers Association (ITMF), the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and the International Society for Geosynthetic Materials China Committee (CCIGS).

Participants had the opportunity to learn of the latest trends and developments in technologies, markets and applications for geotextiles during 22 presentations by industry leaders and experts. The significant potential for global development of the geotextiles market was highlighted through the conference and confirmed by the level of interest in the companies participating in the tabletop exhibition. Further details on conference content will be available on the EDANA event webpage soon.

“The success of the first edition of the EAGS confirms that our idea to organize a symposium dedicated to geotextiles was a good one," said Li Lingshen, President of CNITA, "and we will assess the opportunity for future activities in this field. We thank our partners and sponsors and look forward to our continued cooperation with EDANA”.

The General Manager of EDANA, Pierre Wiertz, said that “since we started preparing the EAGS two years ago, the Chinese Belt and Road policy was launched, making geotextiles even more topical and promising as a market segment. Geotextiles will not only be indispensable to implement such a large infrastructure plan, they will also help reduce the environmental impact”.

European Nonwoven industry grows at 3.3%: EDANA statistics

EDANA's comprehensive report on Nonwoven statistics for 2016 was published earlier this week. Available exclusively to members, the 'EDANA Statistics Report on Nonwovens Production & Delivery in Europe, 2016' provides detailed production statistics and market analysis.

Per the figures collected and compiled by EDANA, the overall production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 3.3% in volume in 2016 to reach 2,395,098 tonnes despite an uncertain economic climate. While growth in output in the European Union outperformed Greater Europe overall, some countries demonstrated impressive development.

Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA's Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director said “Germany, Italy and Spain all witnessed growth, with Spain's particularly impressive at 5%, while recent star performer Turkey remained stable, more than compensating for the minor decline recorded in some other European markets.”

Mr. Prigneaux added “The whole EDANA team would like to thank participating companies for their valued input to our annual survey, and for delivering their information on time. This data, combined with continuous monitoring of the industry, ensures EDANA statistics are a valuable planning and benchmarking tool for all our member companies.”

Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA said “For over 40 years, the annual EDANA statistics – the most comprehensive report of its kind – have proved an invaluable source of business intelligence for our member companies, offering unparalleled insight into the industry thanks to exhaustive research and direct input from producers.”

The report is available exclusively to all EDANA members.

For further information please contact Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA's Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director: jacques.prigneaux@

Filtration's Power and Potential to be unleashed at Filtration 2017

The pure energy, innovation, and quality of the air and liquid filtration segment of the nonwovens industry will be unleashed for participants at INDA's 26th Filtration International Conference & Exposition this fall at Chicago's Navy Pier.

With a new earlier date of Oct. 10-12, Filtration 2017 is expected to surpass the huge turnout last November for its 25th anniversary edition of more than 1,300 participants in Philadelphia. Registration has opened and the Filtration 2017 website has launched at

The powerful combination of leading-edge products and applications, technical advances, networking, top speakers, plus education and training – all entirely focused on the growing filtration segment – continues to deliver strong value for leading suppliers and customers of filtration media and components who exhibit and attend Filtration 2017.

Filtration 2017 will be highlighted by exciting program additions on the Industrial Internet of Things, a panel discussion on ISO 16890 standards, and a luncheon keynote address on the attractiveness of the industry that is driving consolidation.

INDA will again hold its one-and-a-half day acclaimed Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course prior to the expositions start on Oct. 10-11. The conference will be held on Oct. 10 and the exhibition takes place Oct. 11-12. The industry reception will be Oct. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., on the show floor.

Filtration 2017 Conference Headliners

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Developments in Filtration – Abdoulaye Doucoure, Senior R&D Scientist, Hollingsworth & Vose Company, will moderate a panel with Herve Buisson, Vice President of Veolia Water, and Frank Stamatatos, President of SecureAire, on how interconnected smart systems can save time, increase operational efficiency and capture new growth.

  • Why the Filter Industry Is Suddenly So Attractive – A Look at What's Driving Recent M&A Activity –In his keynote address, Phil Whitaker, President and CEO, AAF Flanders, will explore what's behind the upswing of M&A activity involving filtration-related companies over the last few years and how players can enhance their value.

  • ISO 16890 Panel: Is This Good or Bad for the U.S. Industry? – Moderated by Robert Burkhead, President of Blue Heaven Technologies, the panel will discuss all sides around ISO 16890, which establishes an efficiency classification system of air filters for general ventilation based upon particulate matter (PM).

  • Other not-to-be-missed sessions: Key Developments in Air Purification, Latest Developments in Media Design and APPROACHES to Measuring Air Filter Energy Efficiency.

The Filtration 2017 website features details on the program and speakers, current exhibitors, past attendees, photos, sponsorships, media, and online registration at filt17.

EDANA elects new board

EDANA, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, recently announced its new Board of Governors for 2017 - 2018. Returning Chairman Martin Rapp (Vice-President and General Manager at Glatfelter) will again provide expert leadership, ably supported by re-elected Vice-Chairs Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) and Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid's). Paul Eevers (Unilever) position as Treasurer was also renewed for another one year term. Announced at EDANA's Annual Strategic Review and AGM on May 31st, the newly elected Board will begin their term on July 1st.

In addition to his long-standing support of the association as a board member, Martin is the Chair of the Communications Steering Group, and has ensured widespread member backing for a broad range of EDANA initiatives throughout his tenure. “It is naturally an honour to be re-elected, but it is even more pleasing to witness the extensive and growing commitment of our members to a productive network” said Mr. Rapp. “As we continue to regularly welcome new members, it is very encouraging to see such tangible momentum. My ongoing focus will be to ensure that our activities meet our strategic interests of stakeholder engagement, global outreach and sector expansion.”

This year's review of strategy and objectives featured update presentations from key EDANA working groups and committees. “The interactive element of our assembly confirmed to me the commitment of our staff and members alike. Many of the meetings focused on far reaching and innovative topics, where I witnessed passionate yet perceptive debate. Today's discussions and conclusions have assured me of the successful future of not only our association but also our industry” said Mr. Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA.

  • The following Governors were re-elected for an additional 3-year term:

  • Mr. Ludwig Busam (Procter & Gamble, Germany)

  • Mr. Eric De Kesel (Mölnlycke Health Care, Sweden)

  • Mr. José Durany (Rubi Industrial, Spain)

  • Mr. Robert Green (NatureWorks, United States)

  • Mr. Mahdy Katbe (Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries, Saudi Arabia)

  • Mr. David Lamb (Nonwovenn, United Kingdom)

  • Mr. Giorgio Mantovani (Corman, Italy)

  • Mr. Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid's Vliesstoffe, Germany)

  • Mr. Martin Rapp (Glatfelter Germany)

  • Mr. Ali Sisman (Hassan Group, Turkey)

The following Governors were elected as new Board members for a 3-year term of office:

  • Mr. Marco Cirillo (Johnson & Johnson, United Kingdom)

  • Mr. C. Enver Kayali (Mogul, Turkey)

  • Mr. Jörg Ortmeier (TWE Group, Germany)

  • Mr. Mark Siebert (Berry Global, Spain)

INDA co-sponsors RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene symposium 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced it is co-sponsoring the 2017 RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium to be held November 6-8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. The first edition of the Symposium drew more than 130 attendees from 76 countries to hear about the latest advancements and trends in the Asia Pacific hygiene market.

Themed "Hygiene Markets in Asia Pacific: From Now to 2020″ industry experts will present cutting edge information on baby diaper and disposable hygiene trends, nonwovens for evolving markets, China's adult incontinence market, online sales in China, and equipment for tomorrow's hygiene products. Participants will also be presented best practices across the Asia Pacific disposable hygiene supply chain and exchange ideas for improving their business and products.

“INDA has again joined with RISI in co-sponsoring the Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium in China this coming November,” said INDA president Dave Rousse. “Participants will gain keen insights on important issues affecting the hygiene market in China as well as make connections for new business. This second edition Symposium should prove invaluable for those in the nonwovens industry in that region.”

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Mitsui Chemicals develops AIRYFA -world's first flexible nonwoven with high strength

MITSUI Chemicals has developed AIRYFA, the first flexible nonwoven with high strength by exploiting its proprietary polyolefin spinning technology. AIRYFA is a high-performance nonwoven that is gentle on skin, simultaneously materialising softness and strength. It is an eco-friendly nonwoven since it reduces the amount of plastic used as a raw material.

By capitalising on the company's proprietary polyolefin spinning technology and producing this thin textile with a hollow structure that is characterised by a superior soft feeling and evenness, Mitsui Chemicals has simultaneously realised both softness and strength, which the conventional technology could not achieve.

This is an eco-friendly nonwoven that takes global environmental issues into consideration since the thin textile with a hollow structure reduces the amount of plastic used as a raw material. The name AIRYFA is intended to represent airy (very light and soft) fabric.

Mitsui Chemicals has developed various high-performance nonwovens, such as bulky and highly flexible nonwovens, nonwovens with excellent elasticity, and the new nonwoven AIRYFA for sanitary goods, including disposable diapers. To reinforce its leadership in Asia, Mitsui Chemicals, as a solution provider capable of meeting customers' requests for quality improvement, will continue to contribute to an enhanced Quality of Life while further developing new high-performance nonwovens, the company said.

VDMA awards five young engineers at Techtextil

THE Walter Reiners-Stiftung (Foundation) of the VDMA Textile Machinery honoured five junior engineers at the trade fair Techtextil, which took place at the beginning of May in Frankfurt.

Two promotion prizes for the best dissertation and master thesis, as well as three creativity awards for clever bachelor and seminar papers, were awarded. Peter D. Dornier, chairman of the Foundation and chairman of the Lindauer Dornier Board of Management, honoured the young engineers.

Mr Dornier commented on the Techtextil special exhibition area called Living in Space, which was the centre focus of the exhibition. “If you look at how technical textiles make space colonisation within reach or how fibre composite materials significantly reduce weight and fuel consumption of cars and aircrafts, it can be rightly claimed that textile machinery is a part of a real high-tech industry. Thus, it is the industry which is attractive for young people who are enthusiastic about new technology,” he said.

The promotion prize in the dissertation category, endowed with EUR 5,000, was awarded to Dr Cornelia Sennewald, TU Dresden. In her doctoral thesis, she developed new technology concepts for production of 3D structures in lightweight design based on a weaving process. Dirk Fischer, TU Chemnitz, was honoured with a promotion prize worth EUR 3,500 for the best master thesis. In his work, a classic component, namely a bicycle spoke, was replaced with a flexible wire to achieve benefits in weight and dynamics.

Philipp Kempert (TU Dresden), Karsten Neuwerk and Lukas Völkel (both from RWTH Aachen) received creativity awards including a scholarship of EUR 250 a month for two semesters. Mr Kempert developed a shuttle changer for a shuttle loom. Mr Neuwerk's work deals with light transmitting filaments. Mr Völkel's bachelor thesis focuses on fabrication of woven-fabrics of multifilament yarns for use as electrode materials in supercapacitors.

Teijin develops new sweat-suit fabric, 4-dimentional bulky DELTAPEAK

TEIJIN Frontier Co., Ltd. , the Teijin Group's fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed new sweat-suit fabric, 4-dimentional bulky DELTAPEAK combining high quality with excellent absorbance and quick drying thanks to a unique patent-pending four-layer structure.

Bulky, light and extra-soft 4-dimentional bulky DELTAPEAK will be released in time for 2018 autumn / winter collections, mainly for sports apparel. Annual sales are expected to rise to 500,000 meters by the fiscal year ending in March 2019.

New sweat-suit fabric is the latest addition to the Teijin Frontier's DELTAPEAK series which enables a highly integrated combination of physicality, functionality and quality. It offers a superior combination of look, feel, high-cushioning and high-elasticity. It is expected to meet demands for casual, functional synthetic materials substituting for cotton in a wide variety of applications.

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Main features of new line of DELTAPEAK

  • Bulkiness: Lightweight and thick

  • Look and feel: Soft touch and luxurious appearance

  • High resilience: High cushioning, resiliency and elasticity for comfort

  • Low drape: Beautiful shape

  • Absorbent and quick-drying: Due to different densities of surface and middle layers

Going forward, Teijin Frontier expects to combine this new fabric with other multifunctional materials for sportswear, fashionwear, uniforms and additional applications.

Teijin Aramid receives Gold Partner certificate from EcoVadis

MAY 30, 2017 – Teijin Aramid received a certificate from EcoVadis that qualifies the company as Gold Partner for its sustainability efforts in the automotive market. Teijin Aramid is the preferred supplier of aramid for most large tire producers, who use the para-aramid Twaron to produce their high performance tires. EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains.

Over the past few years the automotive market had to meet stricter environmental and sustainability requirements imposed by the authorities. These requirements were reason for the market to demand certificates similar to the one from EcoVadis. Decades of research has led Teijin Aramid to having a strong position in the high performance tire market. A great example of the application of Twaron in high performance tires is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, introduced in 2011. It is to be expected that the request for a similar certificate will also be seen in other markets.

EcoVadis is an independent Sustainability Rating platform for companies to record, evaluate and communicate its standards, measures and activities in support of its corporate social responsibility. EcoVadis launched a platform in 2007 which provides insight into assessments of suppliers in terms of their sustainability efforts and results. Teijin Aramid became a member of EcoVadis in 2015. Gert Frederiks: 'We are very proud to receive this Gold Partner certificate from EcoVadis. It shows that we operate fair and sustainable in all aspects. Having an external and well respected player stating this, is an appreciation for all our efforts. And we will certainly continue with that.'

The annual reporting has four sections: environment, working conditions, fair business processes, and sustainable procurement. The results from all completed online EcoVadis reports show that Teijin Aramid belongs to the top 2% of all suppliers in the category Synthetic Fiber Production and to the top 1% of suppliers in all categories.

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