News from the world of Technical Textiles

Excerpt: Here are the News and Developments from the world of Technical Textiles

Gujarat's sees 10-times increase in technical textiles investments

CONSIDERED as the sunshine segment for the textile industry, technical textile has shown impressive growth over the past five years in Gujarat as investment jumped over 10 fold during the period.

By the end of financial year 2013-14, there were only 17 technical textile units registered with the state industries department and investment in the area was hardly `156 crore. Within five years, the number of registered units has gone up to 181 and as on March 31, 2019, the total investment in the segment is pegged at Rs. 1,775 crore.

“The investment in the segment must be more than the official figure. The state government has the data of only those units which have taken some benefits under the textile policy floated for the period 2012 to 2017. A specific credit-linked interest subsidy scheme offered under the policy to set up a technical textile unit encouraged entrepreneurs. Some of them were already having traditional textile units in the state,” said a senior officer in the state industries department. As per the data, maximum investment of around Rs. 475 crore came during the financial year 2016-17. In that year, as many as 51 new units were set up across Gujarat, especially in Ahmedabad and Surat regions – considered as major textile hubs in the country. During the recently-concluded fiscal 2018-19, 32 new technical textile units were set up in the state with an approximate investment of `370 crore.

ITTA joins hands with Taiwan's TTTA for development of the tech textile sector

INDIAN Technical Textile Association (ITTA) – the apex body of Technical Textile manufacturers in the country has joined hands with Taiwanese counterpart Taiwan Technical Textiles Association (TTTA) to promote the Technical Textile Industry in both the countries. ITTA Chairman Dr. K S Sundararaman has taken initiative to forge the partnership between the two leading associations and accordingly, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in Taiwan recently. From ITTA, Amit Agarwal, Vice Chairman of the association and Alex Lo, Chairman of TTTA has signed the MOU. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Sridharan Madhusudhanan, Director General, India Taipei Association – the representative office of Govt. of India in Taiwan. Under this partnership, member companies of both the associations would be immensely benefited. Here to note that, India is an emerging market for technical textile products while Taiwan has matured technical textile industry and product know-how. Speaking to Textile Excellence, Amit Agarwal said “The MOU would facilitate Indian and Taiwanese companies to form joint ventures for technical textile manufacturing in either of the countries. Also, companies from both the countries would be able to collaborate for sharing technical knowledge and compliment the supply chain with trade of technical textile materials.” ITTA office would facilitate Indian companies to trade and form joint ventures with TTTA members and members can connect with Dr. Anup Rakshit, Executive Director of the association at

Italian Textile Machinery sector a major player at upcoming Techtextil Frankfurt

A significant contingent of Italian textile machinery companies on hand at the upcoming edition of Techtextil Frankfurt, the most important global event for technical fabrics.

The technical/innovative textile sector has developed at a very high pace in recent years. In 2010, global production of textiles for technical applications and nonwovens amounted to 37 billion euros, rising to 60 billion euros for 2018. In Europe, over 30% of textile sector revenues currently derive from the production of textiles designed for technical or innovative uses. Germany is the sector's primary European producer, at roughly 6 euro billion euros.

Growth in the industry has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for specialized ad hoc machinery, with the product ranges of Italy's textile machinery companies broadening to the new needs of customers operating in this specific sector. ACIMIT estimates that over 100 of its associated members are working for the sector.

The whole of the world's textile machinery industry will come together in Frankfurt from May 14th to 17th at Techtextil, the primary event for technical fabrics. Around 30 Italian textile machinery companies are slated to exhibit in Germany. Of these, 15 will be on hand at the special exhibition area organized by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT (Hall 3.0, booth B08-B10). These companies are all ACIMIT associated members: 4M Plants, Bematic, Bianco, Color Service, Corino, Fadis, Ferraro, Gualchieri e Gualchieri, Loptex, Mesdan, Sicam, Stalam, Textape, Unitech and Zappa.

Still, Italy's machinery companies present in Germany represent just a part, albeit a significant one, of the total number of Italian producers of machinery for the technical textiles and non-woven fabrics sector.

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Archroma heads to Techtextil with innovations and system solutions for enhanced sustainability, color and performance

ARCHROMA, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be at Techtextil to launch its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets(Hall 3.0, booth B33).

Archroma offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fiber to finish.

Archroma is reputed for its continuous flow of ground-breaking innovations, such as the EarthColors, a range of dyes made from non-edible natural waste from the agricultural and herbal industry, or more recently, the purest indigo, Denisol Pure Indigo, an aniline-free* synthetic pre-reduced liquid indigo launched in 2018. At Techtextil, Archroma will present 10 solution systems and 4 innovations, and will hold an “Innovation Session” to present the most prominent of those for the first time ever: Appretan NTR, a new nature-based binder.

The Archroma Way

The systems and innovations presented by Archroma have all been selected for their compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it's our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma's deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable. The Archroma Way is based on 3 pillars:

  1. Safe - with the deeply rooted goal to protect people and our planet. Safe to use, safe to release and also safe to wear.
  2. Efficient - with innovating application processes that minimize resources and maximize productivity, both in Archroma's and its customers' manufacturing.
  3. Enhanced – with the added value created from additional effects, functionalities and aesthetics.

At Techtextil, visitors will be able to discover how The Archroma Way can help them create value in their textile applications and markets.

Automotive & transportation

Archroma will present two new systems ideally suited to textile manufacturers serving the automotive & transportation market:

  • Light Fast Car, a system designed to keep fabric colors deep, vibrant and matched day after day;
  • Safe Seats, a halogen-free* flame retardant coating system for synthetic leather upholstery.

At the exhibition, Archroma will introduce Fadex AS New, a new “super UV protector” to make automotive & transportation textiles more resistant to light. (See “agenda” below.)

Outdoor & active wear

Archroma has developed three new systems designed to add value in outdoor & active wear applications:

  • Color Vibe, a system for nylon sportswear to maintain color vibrancy, time after time, wash after wash;
  • Fast Sport, a coloration system for polyester knitted sportswear, providing the best fastness in the shortest possible time with a reduced environmental footprint;
  • Odor Control, a system for improved material longevity, freshness and wearing comfort due to the lasting dual-action technology of Sanitized Odoractiv 10. Odor-causing bacteria cannot adhere to the textile surface and bad smells are trapped and neutralized; and permastink cannot build-up in your sportswear.

Visitors at the Archroma booth will be able to learn more about the brand new Foron SP-WF, a range of high-performance disperse dyes for polyester sportswear.

Workwear & uniforms

Archroma's experts will present 4 new systems applicable to workwear & uniforms:

  • Bright Dream, a formaldehyde-free* system for whiter than white fabrics that require no ironing;
  • Power Cotton, a system for comfortable cotton fabrics with more than 5 times higher abrasion resistance;
  • Tough Camo, A non-infrared reflective pigment printing system for military wear, with high durability and dramatically reduced water consumption;
  • Odor Control.

Innovative technologies are used in these systems, such as the newly launched Arkofix NZW, a formaldehyde-free* resin for whiter on-iron or easy-to-iron fabrics.


Archroma has developed one new system applicable to non-wovens:

  • Filter It Clean, a formaldehyde-free* and APEO-free bonding system that makes non-wovens strong and safe even when wet.

Archroma will present for the first time at Techtextil a new, ground-breaking innovation: Appretan NTR, a water-based textile coating binder that rallies renewable natural ingredients for applications such as tea bags and coffee filters or capsules.

  • Don't miss the exclusive “Innovation Session” and get your early copy of the dedicated media release. (See “agenda”.)

“With Archroma's wide portfolio, we touch and color people's lives every day, everywhere,” explains Nuria Estape, Head of Marketing & Promotion, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Archroma. “The innovations and systems that we present at Techtextil have been developed with that in mind, along the goals of “The Archroma way": Safe, efficient, enhanced. We are determined to be transformation leaders in our industry, because it's our nature!” The presentations scheduled are as follows:

Fadex AS New - Innovation Session & Drinks

Date & Time: 15 May 2019 @10:30am Speaker: Mark Dohmen, Head of Archroma's Competence Center Automotive & Synthetic Dyeing, Archroma

EXCLUSIVE! Appretan NTR - Innovation Session & Drinks

Date & Time: 15 May 2019 @4pm Speakers: Damien Corpet, Head of R&D Laboratory Coating and Finishing, Archroma, and Olivier Charrier, Head of Technical Support Finishing, EMEA, Archroma

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OUTLOOK Plus Latin America 2019 announces final programme

THE two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, have announced the programme of speakers and topics for OUTLOOK Plus Latin America to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, 7-9 May 2019. The third edition of this unique three-day networking conference and exhibition will examine the latest regional developments in the nonwoven personal care and absorbent hygiene sectors. The third day will focus on nonwoven filtration media and nonwoven medical products. The first two days of the conference and tabletop display exhibition offer an overview of the Latin American hygiene nonwoven markets, and feature presentations on private/retail brand labels, product design & challenges, sustainability and new materials & technologies.

Keynote presenter, Welber Barral, Ph.D., Chairman of the Brazil Industries Coalition and former Brazilian Secretary of Foreign Trade, opens the conference with a presentation on the country's economy, reviewing the risks and the opportunities and economic and political prospects. Day 2 will kick off with a second keynote speech on trends and opportunities in the disposable hygiene market by Rafael Pellegrini, Research Analyst at Euromonitor International. The programme includes presentations from the following global and regional companies: May 7-8, nonwoven hygiene and personal care products: Braskem, Kimberly-Clark (Brazil), Colquimica (Portugal), Nielsen (Brazil), CEMPRE Ontex (Brazil), CVS (Brazil), Organica (Brazil), EDANA (Belgium), Richer Investment & Diaper Testing International (Mexico & USA), Evonik (Germany), Suzano (Brazil), ExxonMobil Química (Brazil), SynTouch Inc. (USA), (Brazil), Tredegar (Brazil), Fitesa (Germany), GPA - EXTRA (Brazil) and VELCRO (United Kingdom) May 9, medical & filtration: Ahlstrom-Munksjo (Brazil), Fibertex Nonwovens A/S (Denmark), Berry Global, Hollingsworth & Vose (USA), Braskem (Brazil), Lydall Performance Materials (USA), Centexbel (Belgium) and University of huddersfield “This third edition of the OUTLOOK Plus Latin America conference highlights the opportunities and potential for growth across the Latin American nonwovens industry, particularly for the personal care industries. In organising this conference, we are keen to offer a programme that addresses both retail and marketing aspects as well as product design considerations that are key to understand the Latin American nonwovens markets. The programme also features important presentations on medical application and – for the very first time- filtration media, highlighting the opportunities into the Latin American nonwovens industry,” said Marines Lagemaat, Technical Director of EDANA. “INDA is pleased to once again co-organize a major nonwovens conference in South America focused on nonwoven markets in South America. For this edition, we have had outstanding support from ABINT, the Brazilian nonwovens organization, in developing a program consisting largely of Brazilian presenters on the markets there. This will be a must-attend event for all elements of the nonwovens supply chain in South America, from raw material supplier to roll goods producer to the converters and brand owners,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. Besides high-level presentations, the programme is designed to offer qualitative networking opportunities to participants including two receptions in the tabletop area. Simultaneous translation is offered into Portuguese and Spanish during the conference.

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SurgiTex surgical textile solutions to take part in Surgitex

STANDARD Textile has a long history of servicing the healthcare industry. Standard Textile has announced the launch of SurgiTex surgical textile solutions, which will debut at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Nashville, TN,USA from 6-10 April 2019. SurgiTex is a programme to help healthcare facilities realise the maximum benefits of reusable surgical products. Compared to disposable products, reusable linens are designed to offer energy, water, carbon footprint, waste, and instrument recovery savings, as well as improved comfort and protective properties. Research has shown that when comparing cost, comfort, and barrier protection, reusable items had a comparable or superior ranking to disposables, according to the manufacturer. According to published research, healthcare facilities are the second highest contributor of environmental waste in the United States. The healthcare industry produces more than 6,600 tons of waste each day, which adds up to over four billion pounds of waste annually. Operating rooms are estimated to generate between 20% and 33% of the total waste produced in hospitals. “One of the greatest challenges we face as healthcare providers in Perioperative Services is moving toward a more sustainable, environmentally responsible culture,” said Peg Fox, National Director of Surgical Services (MSN, BSN, RN) at Standard Textile. “We rely on evidence-based data and guidance from professional organizations like the Association of Perioperative Nursing to transition to more sustainable surgical practices.” Standard Textile has a long history of servicing the healthcare industry and has developed a reputation for its consultative approach to understanding a facility's business objectives to create innovative solutions that result in quantifiable savings. A team of engineers, clinicians, and technical processing experts team together to collect data, analyse costs, and conduct trials. Implementation of SurgiTex consists of staff and clinical training and support as well as quarterly programme reviews and quantitative reporting. “The amount of waste generated in an operating room can be a daunting problem to solve, and I learned it cannot be solved alone,” said Ms Fox. “SurgiTex was conceptualized to help nurses, physicians, material management, and other partners reduce waste, decrease costs, and provide quality care in the safest environment for our patients and healthcare providers.”

EDANA announces programme for international nonwovens symposium

EDANA, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries todaylaunched the draft programme of the International Nonwovens Symposium, to be held in Vienna from the 12th to 13th June 2019. The symposium covers a range of nonwovens topics across all type of applications with a predominant emphasis on sustainability. As Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA noted “Looking back at the focus of the INS over the years sustainability as a topic has evolved from a minor interest subject to take primacy on the agenda, thereby reflecting our industry's priority concerns”.

The 2019 programme will kick off with a key note speech on the impact of the changing global trade patterns on the nonwovens industry by Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE). A range of presentations will feature, covering essential business areas of the nonwovens sector, including: Nonwovens innovation, Sustainability, Material, Process & Products Development and Market & Industry trends The International Nonwovens Symposium has been recognized by professionals as one of the best forums worldwide for knowledge enhancement with excellent technical content. The tabletop exhibition organised during the event is also a great opportunity for participants to extend their network and develop business contacts.

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High-tech wovens for innovation in the construction industry

MODERN construction work is increasingly impacted by light, flexible materials, such as those produced in advance on automated textile machines: membranes, textile reinforcement, and woven materials that protect from flames, noise or dust. Techtextil, the leading international trade fair, which takes place from 14-17 May, in Frankfurt, will be providing a range of stimulating ideas for experts in the construction industry. Technical textiles, a sector involved in intensive research and development and an area in which Germany leads the world, is increasingly targeting architects and the construction industry. Since the Federal President of Germany presented the 2016 German Future Award to three professors at the Technical University of Dresden for the invention of carbon concrete, one thing has become clear: new, fibre-based developments in the field covered by Buildtech have the potential to provide far-reaching innovations in both lightweight construction work and more traditional concrete, as well as in civil engineering projects for earthworks, water infrastructure and road building – including membrane structures. The attention is drawn to at least ten aspects, which range from materials and construction techniques, urban infill projects, heat management, actuation technology and acoustic engineering, to bionic engineering and temporary structures. “Representing one of the twelve major areas of application for technical textiles, Buildtech is amongst the most innovative new developments. It enables us, for example, to build decorative, airy, lightweight structures. One of the reasons why the proportion of trade visitors from the building industry and architectural practices continues to grow from one show to the next,” commented Michael Jänecke, Director, Brand Management, Technical Textiles & Textile Processing.

Textile concrete: a first street bridge, a first building

With a comparatively low weight to surface-area ratio and high tensile strength, textiles are already challenging the traditional, tried-and-tested steel reinforcement as a building material in isolated instances: the first bridge structure, facing elements and even buildings made from this material are becoming a Mecca for planners, city architects and engineers. In Saxony, the site of the Carbon Concrete Composite-Cluster C³, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and promotes numerous different aspects of new building methods using textiles, the preparations for two milestone projects are currently underway. These have widespread implications in both Europe and the wider world. After a few initial trial footbridges, including for instance, those in Ronneburg and Albstadt, there is now talk of building the first road bridge over the S111 country road near Bautzen, together with the first carbon-concrete building of all time, called the CUBE, not far from Dresden's main railway station. Following in the footsteps of the 246-metre-high Thyssenkrupp Test Tower in Rottweil that was given an outer skin of PTFE woven fibre glass mat, these will be further 'beacons' for textile-based buildings Made in Germany.

High-performance filament yarns protect against impact stresses

Research in textiles has recently turned its attention to the impact resistance of buildings. The aim is to make the strengthening elements in concrete structures more robust and more resistant to the consequences of any impact by means of textile reinforcement. So, how can the impact of a vehicle against a wall or the corner of a house be 'absorbed' by the material used, whilst, at the same time, the resultant stresses are deflected, so as to avoid sudden cracks appearing in the concrete? One answer to this is given by a project of the ITM Institute (Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology) in the Technical University of Dresden. The project, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, will be represented at Techtextil, covering many different topics relevant to the building industry. “Textile reinforcements made from high-performance filament yarns are precisely what is needed for this kind of multifunctional strengthening material,” said the project leaders. There now exist examples of textile reinforcement panels, which can be used preventatively to raise the level of security in constructions that are subject to impact hazards: a good example of the way in which technical textiles can be integrated into applications to meet some extremely demanding expectations. In the case of numerous other new innovations, science again provides input – often from several disciplines at a time – for companies' own developments. Examples of this are the Fall Bag (a protective vest with integrated airbag for falls from ladder height), which won the 2018 DEKRA Award, and the modular textile wall component system that protects against building noise and building dust, devised by the InoEmTex network for textile development in the Vogtland region of Germany. And the recently available hybrid-rope detector, which has just come onto the market, for measuring the moisture content of brickwork from the joints, also belongs to this list.

Focus on façades

A brief look at this year's Buildtech exhibitors in Frankfurt shows that, for example, façades and external surfaces have any amount of potential for development. So, the world's first double-curvature concrete façade with textile reinforcement called CurveTex will be presented at the show. Its production technology has been developed by three partners from North Rhine-Westphalia: Penn Textile Solutions and pre-fabricated concrete component manufacturers, Stanecker Betonfertigteilwerk (both from Paderborn), together with the Institute for Textile Technology at the RWTH University in Aachen. The new lightweight designer surfacing material, which is just 3 cm thick and, therefore, weighs only 80 kg instead of a more usual 270 kg, increases the designer's freedom and saves up to 80 % in the amount of concrete and cement used. The new façade has, at its core, a reinforcing textile that is capable of being 'draped' to the required shape, thus permitting a greater variety in the design. One demonstration exterior from Stanecker consists of 12 delicate, decorative concrete panels in textile concrete with overall dimensions of 4.83 x 2.42 x 0.03 metres. Ettlin Smart Materials from Ettlingen are introducing, in Frankfurt, an architectural woven sheet that is both lightweight and can be used, amongst other things, to create shade. Nobody has ever managed to combine its four main properties in a single material in this way before: water-resistance, permeability to air, UV-fastness and transparency. The material that will provide both shade and protection from the elements goes by the name of TransProof. It has been developed in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and recommends itself as see-through protection from both rain and sun and is equally suitable for tents and canopies. According to R&D Director Richard Müller, the specific challenge lay in devising the coating of the climate-controlling fabric, which this expert also favours for use in membrane structures. How a fabric building envelope can reduce nitrogen oxide pollution (NO and NO2) in densely populated areas is addressed by the developmental approach taken in Aachen. For their green.fACade, the research scientists at ITA have introduced a titanium dioxide coating to the textile layer in the façade. Titanium dioxide acts as a photocatalyst and facilitates the oxidation of the nitrogen oxides to create a soluble nitrate (NO3) that can be washed off. As the external surface is also covered in greenery, it contributes to the conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen through photosynthesis. Doctoral candidate and architect (MSc) Jan Serode indicates the potential that façades with textile external skins have. For the interdisciplinary research consortium at RWTH, it is the development of new kinds of textiles that can be installed on the outside of a building like a T-shirt, that is at the centre of attention. At the same time, people are hardly aware of the micro-membrane structures of the textile building envelopes at all from inside, whilst, from outside, the impact of buildings with a textile façade is 'very sculptural'. This effect changes with the reversal of the lighting situation in the evening.

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