News from the World of Technical Textiles

Excerpt: Here are the news and updates from the world of technical textiles

Mother Sparsh introduces unscented 99% water-based baby wipes**

WIPES have become a modern parenting convenience to maintain baby's hygiene and to clean their super soft skin. Mother Sparsh, an innovative brand created while keeping in mind both the well-being of babies and the environment has introduced India's first eco-friendly water-based wipes which are made of natural plant-based fabric and contain 98% purified water. Revolutionizing the baby care market in India, Mother Sparsh's products are crafted to protect baby's sensitive skin from redness, rashes, boils, allergies, dryness, and various other disorders, thereby keeping the baby comfortable, healthy, and smiling. As a part of their commitment for a sustainable planet, Mother Sparsh Water Wipes are 100% biodegradable.

Its salient features are:

  • Super Gentle Wipes - No sticky residue. Smells pleasant. Very gentle on skin. I tried it on my face, it was good. Not suitable for wiping baby face though. It is still a baby bottom wipe. Price also decent.
  • Purest Care, As Good as Cotton & Water - Baby's sensitive skin is vulnerable to skin allergies and irritation. Mother Sparsh Unscented 99% Water Wipes will help you to take care of your little ones skin. - Purest Wipes - Contains 99% Water which make them as pure as Cotton & Water
  • Dermatologically Tested / Clinically Proven for preventing Rashes
  • Environmental Friendly / Biodegradable Wipes
  • Alcohol & Parabens Free

Priced at INR 299/- for a pack of 72 wipes and INR 499/- for a combo of 2 packs, it is available online on Amazon, Flipkart and Firstcry Further information from: http://mothersparsh.com/

Beaulieu Engineered Products takes carpet sustainability up a notch with new yarn and fibre launches at Domotex 2019

BEAULIEU Engineered Products aims to turn heads at Domotex 2019 with the unveiling of innovative solutions breaking new ground in the development of more sustainably-produced, highly creative, durable tufted carpets and recyclable needle punch carpets.

At its nature-inspired Stand B56 in Hall 11, Beaulieu Engineered Products will showcase extended portfolios of yarns, fibres and technical textiles designed to help the industry make their products more sustainable, fit for a better planet and reaching CO2 reduction targets.

New product launches in the spotlight:

  • New best-in-class high-resilience Polyamide (PA) yarn family offering broad design creativity to the contract market. The yarns are suitable for all kinds of carpet constructions.
  • UltraBond: a unique polyolefin fibre enabling an “industry-first” in cost-effective and more sustainable production of fully-recyclable needle punch carpets meeting current performance requirements.

Further highlights for textile floorings include tempting extended colour options and emission-reducing solutions, plus a wide range of Proback woven carpet backings. Karena Cancilleri, Vice President Beaulieu Engineered Products, comments: “Delivering products that contribute positively towards emission and resource reduction and promoting the Circular Economy, without compromising quality, performance or design potential, is very important to Beaulieu Engineered Products. As these factors grow in relevance for the flooring industry, we are fully committed to leading the way with innovative, reliable solutions that can advance our customers' sustainability efforts and end products.” Meet the Beaulieu Engineered Products teams at Stand B56 Hall 11 during Domotex 2019 in Hannover, Germany from January 11-14, 2019.

Further information from: Valérie Bouckaert Beaulieu International Group +32 477 82 05 13 valerie.bouckaert@bintg.com  

Molnlycke Acquires M&J Airlaid Products

MÖLNLYCKE, a world-leading medical products and solutions company, has acquired M&J Airlaid Products A/S (M&J). M&J, a Danish company, is a manufacturer of specialised and high-quality absorbent airlaid nonwoven materials. The acquisition will support Mölnlycke's growth ambitions and add critical R&D capabilities to an already strong product pipeline. In conjunction with the acquisition, M&J and its employees will be an integral part of Mölnlycke, said a media statement by Mölnlycke.

M&J has annual revenue of €10 million. M&J's airlaid technology is critical along with foams and soft silicone in Mölnlycke's wound care products. The acquisition will improve Mölnlycke's security of supply of the airlaid material that is essential in the production of advanced wound care dressings and will help grow the wound care business by accelerating innovation and product development in existing and future products.

“We are very happy to welcome M&J into the Mölnlycke family. Our relationship dates back several decades, and thus is a natural unification of forces. This is fully in line with where we want to be as a company, and M&J's strong R&D capabilities combined with Mölnlycke's end-product knowledge will help us further improve our competitive position within the advanced wound care industry,” said Richard Twomey, CEO of Mölnlycke.

“I welcome Mölnlycke, a long-time customer and partner of M&J, to care for our heritage. The operational and strategic synergies will allow for high-quality products brought to market even faster, and I look forward to continued success under the new ownership structure,” said Jens Ole Brøchner, CEO of M&J.

Ultrasuede BX from Toray—the new non-woven environmentally friendly material with a suede texture

TORAY Industries, Inc., has announced that it would introduce “Ultrasuede BX”, a non-woven material with a suede texture which is about 30% made of plant-based raw materials in January 2019. The material realizes the highest proportion of plant-based raw materials – Polyester and Polyurethane in this case - in the world. “Ultrasuede BX” is the world's first non-woven material with a suede texture using plantbased Polyurethane. Toray plans to market “Ultrasuede BX” as environmentally friendly material that offers both high sensitivity and functionality in wide-ranging applications such as automotive interior, fashion and upholstery. It aims for sales of 500 million yen from the product in fiscal year 2019 and 3 billion yen in fiscal year 2023, five years later. A non-woven material with a suede texture is manufactured by impregnating the three-dimensionally entangled structure of Polyester ultra-fine fibers with Polyurethane, coagulating it and buffing to form suede-like surface structure. “Ultrasuede BX” uses Polyester polymerized with Ethylene glycol made from waste molasses of sugarcane and Polyurethane composed of Polyol made of castor oil from unedible castor-oil plant, which gives the suede texture material the world's highest content of plantbased raw materials by around 30%. Before it, Polyurethane made of plant-based raw materials faced to the technical issues on physical property such as low durability and hand, and could not be used for a nonwoven material with a suede texture. To solve these issues, Toray used its unique design technology from polymer to product structure and Polyurethane coagulation technology and succeeded in development of the “Ultrasuede BX”, which has high levels of plant-based raw materials, superior feeling and functionality such as high durability, air-permeability and easy maintenance.Marketed globally by Toray, Ultrasuede is a non-woven material with a suede texture, an advanced product made using optimum Japanese quality.Since Toray developed an innovative product in 1970, through continuous technological advancements, Ultrasuede has evolved as a highly functional material not only for fashion and interior designs, but also for automotive and aircraft interiors, sports gear and accessories for smartphones and mobile devices. Toray also has been focusing on development of environmentally friendly sustainable products and has been marketing “Ultrasuede PX”, which uses partial plantbased polyester since 2016. The addition of “Ultrasuede BX” to the brand's product lineup further expands the company's deployment of a non-woven material with a suede texture that realizes both sustainability and creation. Ultrasuede keeps evolving toward a future full of “Beautiful Possibilities.”

SGL Carbon signs up with Airbus to supply fabrics

IN a first individual project which is currently in preparation, SGL Carbon will supply fabrics for structural components in Airbus helicopters. The two companies have defined the framework conditions for the cooperation in a joint agreement that regulates the basic provision and further development of innovative carbon and fibreglass materials. The helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters Germany and SGL Carbon have been working together for years in the field of processing composite materials for aircraft doors of the Airbus Group. In the future, the cooperation with Airbus will be further intensified, according to a press release by SGL. “The agreement is an important milestone and the result of the trusting partnership of recent years. The teams on both sides have achieved a great deal in the development of new tailor-made material solutions for components in helicopters. In this process, SGL Carbon contributes with its comprehensive holistic material expertise in the field of production of composite components,” said Andreas Erber, head of segment aerospace at SGL Carbon's business unit composites – fibres & materials

Technical Absorbents to display new Saf Fabrics at IDEA

TECHNICAL Absorbents is set to display new SAF superabsorbent fabrics at the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition (IDEA) 2019, in stand 1241. The event will be held from March 25-28, 2019, in Miami, US. Technical Absorbents, which is headquartered in the UK, manufactures and supplies super absorbent fibre materials, fabrics, and yarn.

The company will join hundreds of other companies at the event, which attracts nonwovens scientists, users, and senior thought leaders from the industry, who will be presenting their latest ideas and innovations to over 7,000 visitors, according to a press release on the expo.

“IDEA has always been a great event for us. 2019 is an exciting year for Technical Absorbents and SAF. Our development team has developed a number of new superabsorbent fabric technologies and we are keen to demonstrate these in Miami,” commercial director Paul Rushton said.

“Our washable nonwoven fabric range has been expanded. These are suitable for hygiene and other garments that require moisture management for either comfort and/or evaporative cooling. We now have a range of gsm variants to better suit individual product design requirements. Our first unique, fully maceratable, 100 per cent SAF fabric was launched towards the end of 2018. This range has now also been further developed with fabrics ranging from 240-420gsm. These are suitable for applications that require higher levels of absorbency, including hygiene and medical,” Rushton added. “Finally, we also now have a complete range of ultra-thin, low basis-weight carded, hot air-through and air-laid nonwovens. These are ideal for products that require a soft, discrete absorbent core that still offers high levels of absorbency performance. We hope that we can share our new fabric portfolio with more people at IDEA, and create some exciting new ideas for their use,” Rushton said.

ANDTEX - First edition of nonwovens and disposable hygiene technology exhibition & conference in Bangkok

THE first Southeast Asia Nonwovens and Disposable Hygiene Technology Exhibition & Conference (ANDTEX) is being organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and supported by the Asian Nonwoven Fabrics Association (ANFA), All Nippon Nonwovens Association (ANNA), Indonesian Nonwoven Association (INWA), Taiwan Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Association (TNFIA) and Hong Kong Nonwovens Association (HKNA). The three-day event will take place May 15-17, 2019 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) in Thailand. ANDTEX is set to be Southeast Asia's premier event for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. The international event will showcase the whole industry chain including engineered materials, disposable and durable hygiene products, equipment, and the latest manufacturing technologies. Most of the technology, equipment and products are purchased from outside the region, providing a strong demand and a huge nonwovens market in the long run. Southeast Asia, with 11 countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, has a population of 640 million people. “Consumers in China, Japan and South Korea already heavily rely on disposable nonwoven products. Especially wipes and hygiene products such as diapers save time, increase hygienic standards and simplify life. Now we see other South-East Asian producers becoming interested in also making these quality nonwoven products. We participate in ANDTEX to inform about Trützschler machinery and complete lines for spunlacing (hydroentangling) and through-air bonding” , stated Jutta Stehr, Senior Marketing Manager, Trützschler Germany. “As an expert in the manufacturing of packaging solutions for the paper hygiene industry, it is natural for Optima Nonwovens to have a presence at the ANDTEX show in Bangkok. The packaging systems from the family-run company in Schwäbisch Hall (Germany) are specially designed to meet the requirements of the Asian market. From entry level to high performance, Optima offers packaging machines for nonwoven products tailored to many needs." informed Vanessa Utz, Marketing Manager Optima Packaging Group GmbH. ANDTEX exhibition and conference will provide a platform to facilitate business and promote the latest cutting-edge technology in engineered materials. The event will bring together suppliers, manufacturers, researchers, machinery and equipment providers, vendors, and all others involved in the industry. Around 4.000 attendees are expected with a strong presence of purchasing power by CEOs and Business Owners, Procurement Officers, R&D Professionals, Technical Engineers, Sale and Marketing Teams. Founded in 1984, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. EJK is organizing about 50 exhibitions and conferences worldwide per year in over 15 different industries. With the global network EJK can support exhibitors and sponsors individually and assist them in all aspects for a successful participation.

Further information from: E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. Germany Mörsenbroicher Weg 191 40470 Düsseldorf, Germany Tel. +49(0)211/610730 Fax +49(0)211/6107337 e-mail info@ejkgermany.de www.andtex.com

Lenzing ties up with Hof University to expand its foray into nonwovens

THE Lenzing Group is expanding its offering of solutions for the cosmetics, hygiene, and medical sectors. Heiko Arnold, chief technology officer of the company, and Jürgen Lehmann, president of Hof University of Applied Sciences in Saale, Germany, have signed a cooperation agreement to utilise a new spun-lacing line for nonwoven applications.

The collaboration between the company and the university will initially last for a period of five years and gives Lenzing access to use the machines and technologies, according to Lenzing. The Lenzing Group will take advantage of this new technology centre for nonwoven applications located on the Münchberg Campus at the Hof University of Applied Sciences as soon as it has been completed at the beginning of 2020 and will focus on further developing and testing its fibres there. As a result, it will gain access to the newest state-of-the-art machinery and technologies which its customers and partners also use to process Lenzing fibres. In this way, it will be possible to develop new product qualities and applications in collaboration with the university. “The cooperation with the Münchberg Competence Center of the Hof University of Applied Sciences is a further milestone in implementing the sCore TEN corporate strategy. It will enable us to intensify customer intimacy with our partners in the hygiene, cosmetics and medical industries and support them even more effectively in developing new products”, Lenzing chief technology officer Heiko Arnold on the occasion of signing the agreement. “We have been working together for many years with all customers and partners along the value chain and also aim to intensify our cooperation with manufacturers of brand-name products. Utilisation of the facilities made available by the Hof University of Applied Sciences will allow us to carry out more extensive testing and develop new applications more quickly”, Wolfgang Plasser, vice president global business management nonwovens said. “This cooperation enables both partners to optimally use the nonwovens machine and comes close to being a unique form of collaboration between the research community and industry in this segment. Textiles are more than just clothing. At the university, we offer the entire range of academic training, from bachelor's and master's degrees to doctoral programs. Textile engineering is a future-oriented profession”, Jürgen Lehmann, president of the Hof University of Applied Sciences said. With this cooperation, the Lenzing Group will be able to further expand its product portfolio. Its fibres made of the sustainable raw material wood boast a particularly good ecological footprint, are biodegradable and are considered to be a viable solution against the increasing plastic pollution of land and water.

RECRON FS to display latest solutions at HEIMTEXTIL

RECRON FS is displaying new textile solutions at Heimtextil, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles, in hall 4.0. The exhibition is being held from January 8-11, 2019. Recron FS is the brand of innovative, flame-retardant polyesters from Reliance Industries (RIL), the largest integrated polyester producer in the world, based in India. By partnering with the innovative and high quality mills across EU, the collection showcased at this Heimtextil expo is testament to the sheer variety of attractive, safe fabrics that are possible through using Recron FS products, according to a media statement by RIL. Whether it be upholstery, curtains, furnishing in transportation industries, or theatre seat covers, Recron FS ensures that the right fire-retardant solution is available to the entire EU value chain. In terms of fabric testing and certification and trademark service, Recron FS is rolling out digitised systems to ensure the trust on the fire safety aspect is visible across every level of the supply chain. In addition to these service and the always-present technical support, Recron FS is also setting up marketing and promotional support services across various offline and digital channels. The physical and chemical bonding of phosphorous with polyester matrix makes fire retardancy permanent. This helps in the creation of a textile raw material that doesn't allow fire to spread easily. And thus, fabrics made from Recron FS possess the unique ability to provide everlasting fire safety in any application and every instance. Recron FS gives the desired fire protection for the entire fabric requirement across home textiles, transportation, public spaces, offices, hospitals etc. Since it is Oekotex Standard 100 (a stringent worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile products) certified, it can be used to make fabrics that require the most stringent human-ecological standards established for baby products.

The key features of fibres that weavers look for are all embedded in Recron FS. It aids in the creation of high quality, easy-to-care and durable end products and offers excellent dye-ability, easy care and abrasion resistance properties. It does not need any special chemical processing or extra care in washing or drying. In addition to strong technical support and promotional services, Recron FS will ensure that all fabrics undergo rigorous fire retardant tests. RIL extends its support to the fabric makers to install a sustainable process to make permanently flame-retardant fabrics. In case any fabric does not pass the tests, the Recron FS team will work with the fabric maker to identify the problems and find solutions for it.

Nanjing University Team to develop coated silver nanowires for smart textiles

SCIENTISTS from the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications have devised a simple, scalable and low-cost capillary-driven self-assembly method to prepare silver nanowires (Ag NWs) coated flexible and stretchable conductive fibres that have applications in wearable electronics and smart fabrics. The paper is to be published in Nano. These conductive fibres have uniform morphology, high conductivity and good mechanical strength. The research has been carried out by Dr. Yi Li and Yanwen Ma, from the Key Laboratory for Organic Electronics and Information Displays, Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM) of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and his collaborators. Taking advantage of the capillary action of fibres, such as cotton, nylon and polyester yarns as well as PDMS fibres, the solution containing Ag NWs is spontaneously absorbed into the capillary tunnels. Then Ag NWs are evenly coated onto the fibres through evaporation-induced flow and capillary-driven self-assembly process to form conductive fibres, which is in situ observed by the optical microscopic measurement. The fabricated flexible and stretchable conductor exhibits uniform morphology, high conductivity and good mechanical strength, which is promising for the application in wearable electronics and smart fabrics.

Conventional conductive fibres are metal wires such as stainless steel and copper wires, as well as the metal film coated yarn. These conductive fibres are stiff and brittle, not meeting the demand of flexibility and comfortability for smart textiles. Smart textiles with electronic devices such as sensor, light emitting diode, transistor, battery and supercapacitors integrated into fabrics have drawn considerable attention. Conductive fibres and yarns, with the function of connecting various electronic devices, play a key role in smart textiles system. Recently, conductive nanomaterials such as metal nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes and graphene with high conductivity, good mechanical properties, feasibility of large-scale production and solution-process, have become a new type of fundamental materials for conductive fibres. Great efforts have been made to engineer conductive nanomaterials into conductive fibres by various technologies such as vapour deposition, electrospinning and spray coating methods. Despite these promising progresses, the facile, large-scale and cost-effective fabrication of conductive fibres with high flexibility and good electrical conductivity is still a challenge. This work was partially funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China and Keypoint Research and Invention Programme of Jiangsu Province.

Cut Resistant fabrics from PPSS Group to find innovative uses

WITH UK-based PPSS Group getting enquiries on use of its cut resistant fabric for applications outside cut resistant clothing, the group wants product designers to think innovatively about the potential uses of this technical textile. Cut resistant fabrics have been developed following injuries to people in industry, homeland security, and extreme sports. Since its inception, cut resistant fabric Cut-Tex PRO has been effectively used in slash resistant clothing for law enforcement, security, and prisons and corrections personnel, as well as bite resistant clothing for healthcare professionals. Earlier this year, following extensive research and collaboration, the company launched its range of cut resistant clothing for the glass and metal industry: CutPRO. Most recent enquiries, however, have been received from entrepreneurs looking to use the fabric for applications outside cut resistant clothing. CEO Robert Kaiser comments: “Since the beginning, we have been approached by individuals looking to use Cut-Tex PRO for theft-proof beach bags, travel cases, storage protection, and even animal welfare. Whilst we cannot guarantee effectiveness in all applications without thorough testing, we have been delighted to work with so many innovative thinkers eager to use Cut-Tex PRO as a solution for their product.” “The key benefits of our fabric are its versatility and all-round performance. Not only does Cut-Tex PRO offer EN388:2016 Level E cut resistance (ANSI Level 5), unlike alternatives, its protective properties are enhanced by the highest levels of tear and puncture resistance, decreasing the risk of sharp objects penetrating the fabric. It is also washable, lightweight and kind to skin, offering unlimited possibilities for developing new or existing products,” Kaiser says. At pH 6.6, Cut-TexPRO has a pH value similar to that of water (usually between 6.5 and 8.5). This makes it an extremely low risk skin irritation fabric. Used in clothing for homeland security, workers in manufacturing, and healthcare professionals, it will maintain the skin's natural balance whilst providing outstanding protection from cuts, slashes, and even human bites. “We are keen to partner with anyone who shares our excitement for the future of cut resistant fabric, and hope that new and innovative applications will help us to advance the performance and capabilities of Cut-Tex PRO over the coming years,” Kaiser adds. The company has recently launched its new website at www.cut-tex.com, with full technical specification and test results available.

Polyone acquires Fiber-Line for $120 million

POLYONE Corporation, a premier global provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, has acquired Fiber-Line, a global leader in customised engineered fibres and composite materials for $120 million. Fiber-Line's leading technologies will complement PolyOne's existing specialty composite solutions and wire and cable applications. PolyOne will utilise its proven invest-to-grow integration strategy to increase innovation for Fiber-Line customers, by leveraging deeper formulation expertise and a global commercial presence that accelerates growth, according to a media release by the company. “Fiber-Line is an innovative and unique addition to our portfolio of fibre and composite solutions with tremendous upside for growth,” said Robert M Patterson, chairman, president and CEO, PolyOne Corporation. “They provide an immediate leadership position in serving the build out of fibre optic cable and future 5G networks.” “This acquisition represents a significant investment for our Specialty Engineered Materials segment. We expect it to add nearly $100 million in revenue in 2019 and be immediately accretive to EPS,” added Patterson.

“Joining the PolyOne team represents another important and exciting milestone for Fiber-Line employees and our valued customers,” said Dale Outhous, CEO, Fiber-Line. “Through PolyOne's future investments in Fiber-Line's technical capabilities, operations and commercial reach, we will be able to serve our customers better than ever before.” Founded in 1987, Fiber-Line has utilised its customer-centric culture and specialty innovation to establish a leading portfolio of materials serving the fibre optic cable, oil & gas, industrial and consumer industries. With five manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Fiber-Line provides material science and polymer formulation expertise to engineer specified performance characteristics for fibre. These include strength, abrasion and chemical resistance, and specialty colourants.

DiloGroup to display textile machinery at IDEA19

DiloGroup is set to present new textile machinery at IDEA19, the leading pre-eminent event for nonwovens and engineered fabrics, to be held from March 25-28, 2019, at the Miami Beach Convention, US, in booth #522. The company is the leading equipment supplier of complete lines for staple fibre nonwoven fabric production, headquartered in the Germany. The most recent machine concepts from DiloGroup companies DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau, and DiloMachines will be promoted with the emphasis on new equipment components which improve product quality, increase line capacity and furthermore enable new opportunities in nonwoven production, the company said in a media statement. DiloTemafa has introduced versions of the Baltromix bale opener and the card willow which are particularly suited to the processing of longer fibres at highest throughput. Longer cleaning intervals and shorter cleaning times also result from the design changes. The DON dosing opener remains as an intermediate between fibre preparation and the card feeder and provides a fine opening stage. DiloSpinnbau has a new 'Unifeed' card feeder (VRS-P) which combines the principle of volumetric charged feeding with the characteristics of a chute feeder but without the conventional overhead trunk which allows for lower ceiling height requirement. The fibre flock matt is condensed by a vacuum delivery apron to give better uniformity of mass distribution. The distribution over the working width is controlled by additional flaps. This feeder can be adapted for medium/fine to coarse and medium to long staple fibres. The 'VectorQuadroCard' incorporates a modular transfer group between breast and main section. The quick change facility of this roller group provides different carding options. The delivery system is also flexible to provide parallel laid, random or condensed web. The preopener section on this card has four worker/stripper pairs with five pairs on the main cylinder. Emphasis is on high throughput with good web quality. DiloMachines has a new horizontal cross-lapper version 'DLSC' which allows web infeed speeds up to 200 m/min depending on fibre specification. Such infeed speeds will prevent the lapper being the line bottleneck. The DLSC works in conjunction with the proven CV1A web regulation system for improved felt evenness and the potential for fibre savings. A further increase of the drive power within the three-apron-layering technology as well as the application of carbon fibre reinforced parts enables these major improvements. A web guiding system ('extended web guide') can be added to avoid web wrinkles at lapper reversals.

Developments underway relating to the needling process include 'Needle Module Technology' whereby needles are pre-mounted in multiple units of 22 for insertion into very high-density boards. It is reducing visible marking patterns on the product´s surface significantly. Furthermore, it enables a simplified Needle insertion and shorter setup time. In addition to wide needling lines for the economic production of large volume products as in the geotextile industry, DiloGroup offers a 'plug-and-play' compact line which is designed for the production of small amounts of high-quality felts, used, for example, in the medical sector and for specialty felts made from high-tech fibres. The Dilo Compact Line includes fibre opening and blending, card feeding, carding, and cross-lapping, needling, and winding. The working width of the compact carding machine is 1.1 metres, the layering width is 2.2 metres. The line is characterised by consistent focusing on a compact line layout, a fast adaption to changing production conditions and an economic mode of operation. For this purpose, numerous innovations were realised in every single machine. These innovations also facilitate the modifications necessary for the needling of carbon fibre.

ATIRA gets special recognition from MOT for technical textiles

Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) received 'Special Recognition in Textile Sector' award in the category – Technical Textiles. The award was given at an event held in Delhi on January 5, 2019. ATIRA director MN Subramanian received the award on behalf of the organisation from Union minister of textiles Smriti Irani. “ATIRA's efforts in composites have resulted in innovations such as low cost toilets, jute composite, cotton composites, GFRP, KFRP, CFRP components and CFRP hybrid products. The organisation is also pursuing 32 geo technical textile projects in North East India for strengthening roads, stabilising slopes and lining water reservoirs. Antimicrobial face masks with 99.8 per cent virus filtration efficiency and water filters are some of its nano textile innovations,” the ministry of textiles said in the award presented to ATIRA.

“ATIRA has developed mission critical components such as reflectors, cylinders, blocks, struts for ISRO. They have already been installed in already launched space-crafts including GSAT-29, Chandrayaan-2, and Cartosat-3,” the award added.

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