News From the World Technical Textiles

Excerpt: Dr. A. N. Desai, Director, BTRA is elected to the Board of Directors of M/s. Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) in Philadelphia, USA for a three year term 2014-2016.

Dr. A. N. Desai, BTRA Director elected to GSI Board

Dr. A. N. Desai, Director, BTRA is elected to the Board of Directors of M/s. Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) in Philadelphia, USA for a three year term 2014-2016.

It may be noted here that Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is a consortium of organizations interested in, and involved with, geosynthetics and BTRA is one of the there labs in Asia to have GSI accreditation.

The Geosynthetic Institute is located at Flosom, Philadelphia, USA. It is the umbrella organization for the following interrelated institutes viz. (i) Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI), (ii) Geosynthetic Information Institute (GII), (iii) Geosynthetic Education Institute (GEI), (iv) Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute (GASI), and (v) Geosyunthetic Certification Institute (GCI).

GSI aims to develop, investigate and implement various facets of geosynthetics recognizing them as engineering materials.

Global smart fabrics market to grow at 20.91% CARG

THE US-based Tech Navio's analysts have forecast that Global Smart Fabrics in Interactive Textiles market to grow at a CAGR of 20.91 percent over the period 2012-2016.

One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for improvements in textile materials. The Global Smart Fabrics in Interactive Textiles market has also been witnessing rapid technological advancements. However, the slow rate of adoption of smart fabrics in certain end-user applications could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio's report, the Global Smart Fabrics in Interactive Textiles Market 2012- 2016, has been prepared based on an in- depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market in North America, Europe, the APAC region, and ROW; it also covers the Global Smart fabrics in Interactive Textiles market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

In another report, TechNavio's analysts have forecast the Global Technical Textile market to grow at a CAGR of 4.02 percent over the period 2012-2016.

One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the innovation in technology. The Global Digital Cinema Screen market has also been witnessing the introduction of electronic in textiles.

BUTEKOM hosts seminar on automotive textiles

THE Bursa Textile and Apparel Research and Development Center (BUTEKOM) recently held a training seminar on automotive textiles and clothing issues at the Uludag Textile Exporters Association (UTIB) hall in the Turkish city of Bursa.

According to a statement issued by BUTEKOM, the seminar was held in order to provide training in technical textiles sector to entrepreneurs, especially in automotive textiles, including the structures of fabrics used in automobiles as well to understand the development of automotive textiles in Turkey over the years.

Levent Onal, professor at the Erciyes University in Turkey, conducted the training wherein he shared information regarding technical textiles used in automobiles, especially the concepts of vehicle upholstery, seat and the concept of comfortable, fibre-reinforced composites used in vehicles.

Mehmet Karahan, professor at the Uludag University, explained the participating technical textile firms about the definition of technical textiles, the classification of automotive textiles, especially the general market situation for automotive textiles sector, as well the functionality of fabrics and clothing in technical textiles with focus on smart and protective clothing.

While explaining the properties and characteristics of protective clothing, Mr. Karahan explained that protective clothing contains properties which vary according to the industry's needs and expectations, with the utmost importance given to the protection of the wearer against external effects.

The seminar was held by BUTEKOM to impart knowledge and provide training regarding the technical textiles sector to Turkish entrepreneurs in order to give them an idea about the market situation of the sector, and encourage them to increase innovation through research and development in technical textiles.


Mr. Karahan at the BUTEKOM seminar

Pegas Nonwovens starts production at Egyptian plant

PEGAS NONWOVENS announces the successful completion of trial operations on the Egyptian production line.

The new production line in Egypt has successfully passed the demanding testing and qualification process and at the start of January has commenced standard commercial operations.

During the course of 2014, the technologies will continue to be optimised with the objective of achieving maximum efficiency and productivity.

Furthermore, the Company announces that it is not altering its updated guidance for the 2013 financial results and continues to expect EBITDA to be in the EUR 37 to 39 million range after excluding the revaluation of the share option plan to fair value. PEGAS also does not expect to exceed the planned CAPEX level of EUR 41 million. The preliminary financial results for 2013 will be released on 20 March 2014.

PEGAS NONWOVENS SA, société anonyme, is a holding company based in Luxembourg with operating companies based in Znojmo and Bucovice, Czech Republic. PEGAS NONWOVENS is a manufacturer of polypropylene /polyethylene nonwoven textiles for the hygiene, industrial, construction, agricultural, medical and other specialized sectors.

These textiles are primarily used for the manufacture of baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. The Company is active in developing new products demanded by the market and thereby maintains its position of technology leader in the European nonwovens market. PEGAS NONWOVENS currently has more than 570 employees.

INDA ends great 2013; announces 2014 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

THE year 2013 was an extremely busy and rewarding one for INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Kicking off the year was the annual VISION Consumer Products Conference held January in Orlando, Florida. Over 325 industry executives were on hand to listen to thought provoking presentations and workshops and the growing role of nonwovens in consumer products.

Following the well-received VISION 2013 event, was the Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference where INDA Members were given the State of the Association, voted on Association business and listened to two outstanding speakers deliver information on game changers for the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry with regards to the oil/gas boom in the US and the leadership changes in China. The new Board of Directors was also announced and introduced to the INDA Membership.

In April, the IDEA 2013 International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Exposition was held in Miami Beach, Florida. This IDEA event was INDA's most successful show in its history. With over 475 exhibitors, IDEA attracted over 7,000 participants from around the world to do business with global suppliers. IDEA also represented the full handover of INDA's reigns to its new President, Dave Rousse, from Rory Holmes, Past President, who had announced his impending retirement in the fall of 2012.

On the heels of the IDEA show was the annual World of Wipes Conference held during June in Atlanta, Georgia. The universal feedback from participants was very positive with a full slate of informative, relevant topics to the wipes industry along with multiple business contact opportunities. The World of Wipes was also a vehicle for the preview of the new third edition Flushability Guidelines and the accompanying Code of Practice for Communicating Appropriate Disposal Pathways for Disposable Nonwoven Products. The Guidelines and Code of Practice were formally rolled out by INDA and EDANA in September to the industry at large.

The summer also saw the July 23 release of the long-awaited rule modifying the federal hazardous waste management regulations that apply to non-laundered and laundered wipes contaminated with solvents that are used in tens of thousands of industrial and other facilities across the United States. The move by the US Environmental Protection Agency was praised by INDA and the nonwovens industry as it provides more flexibility and increases the options for thousands of businesses who use industrial wipers.

The 4th annual RISE Conference was held in late September/early October in Denver, Colorado and brought together technology seekers in the global nonwovens/engineered fabrics value chain for two and a half days of thought- provoking, boundary expanding discussions about the latest technical innovations and how they can be applied to help create value- added, more competitive products. Over 200 executives were in attendance and represented diverse functional areas including development leaders and technical scouts, marketing, business development and R&D.

Rounding out 2013 was the FILTRATION International Conference & Exposition at Navy Pier in Chicago mid- November. The theme for this year's event was "Filtration Protecting Health & Environment." Filter media and component suppliers, customers and the entire filtration value chain from around the world met for three days of education, as it relates to filtration and human health, and business interactions. FILTRATION is one of the largest and most important filtration industry events in the world, drawing over 1500 attendees from more than 30 countries.

Liberally peppered throughout the year were INDA training courses - both an elementary nonwovens training course aimed at educating those executives and professionals who are unfamiliar with nonwovens needing to learn the basics and an advanced nonwovens training course for those who wish for more in-depth knowledge of nonwovens. INDA also rolled out the new Filter Media Nonwovens Course in early December which was created for INDA by Dr. Christine Sun, Principal, Textile Research Associates. Attendees valued their experience at the Filter Media Course and were appreciative of the level of expertise that was shared by Dr. Sun as instructor of the course.

Dave Rousse, INDA President, commented on the year, "2013 saw INDA expanding its relevance to the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry. From thought leadership to meaningful business interactions on a global scale, INDA events brought the world of nonwovens together whether it was via an event, impactful rulemaking or streamlining guidelines and test methods to assist wipes manufacturers and their business." Rousse continued, "This year was one of INDA's busiest years ever and we look to continue that trend for 2014. I will be providing a recap of all this year's accomplishments and path forward during INDA's Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference to be held March 10- 12, 2014, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. All INDA Members are welcome to attend. We have a rich program content along with numerous informal opportunities in which to do business. I encourage all to mark their calendars and save the date."

INDA announces Joan Izzo New Director of Marketing

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position.

Most recently, Izzo has been the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering in Richmond, Va., since 2011. "INDA's director of marketing is a critical function for developing and enhancing INDA's brand among our membership and the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry," said Dave Rousse, INDA President. "We look forward to having Joan on board to lead, direct and refine the strategic marketing direction and competency within INDA. Joan has an outstanding record in marketing communications and has the entrepreneurial spirit to lead INDA to the next level. We are truly excited that she will be joining us."

Izzo has extensive experience with internal and external marketing, communications collateral, campaigns, presentations, social and digital media, and global voice-of- customer research. Izzo has held leadership and consulting roles developing global communications for many international nonwoven companies, including DuPont, Tredegar Film Products and Performance Fibers. Izzo will relocate to INDA Headquarters in Cary, NC. Her appointment begins Jan. 21.

"This is an exciting opportunity that I look forward to," said Izzo. "Being involved with INDA over the years as a member, I know first-hand the benefits the organization brings through its thought leadership, stewardship, advocacy, training, education and networking. I'm very excited about the opportunity to broaden the INDA brand and advance INDA's membership benefits."

Sympatex to expand technical textiles division

AS a result of the forward-looking full placement of a corporate bond in November 2013, Sympatex Technologies GmbH will substantially expand its latest division "Tection" (Technical Applications). The aim is to consistently develop innovative technologies and products in the area of industrial applications.

In order to strengthen this area, Sympatex is enlarging the responsible team at the moment: Stefan Brandt, 46, who has been in charge of industrial applications (Tection) in addition to the business area "Footwear" since July 2012, will fully focus on the position as area manager of "Tection" from 1st February 2014. There will be further personnel enlargements especially in the areas of development and project management.

As a consequence, all four Sympatex business areas will be led by independent area managers from 1st February 2014. Also from 1st February 2014, Monica Billes will again be in charge of the business area "Footwear", which she already managed successfully until mid-2012.

"By expanding our forward-looking business area "Tection", we take account of the increasing importance of technical textiles worldwide. We focus on establishing the "Tection" area as another important field of activity for the company," explains Michael K amm, CEO Sympatex Technologies GmbH.

In the "Tection" area, a multitude of interesting applications and projects in the fields of medicine, automotive engineering and industry exist already today. The development team, for example, is working on solutions to increase comfort and improve the protection of the skin for medical applications as well as on dehumidification and humidification systems for several application areas but also on textile systems to improve the seating comfort in vehicles and on functional covering systems for various outdoor applications.

Freudenberg Nonwovens invests in new spunlaid technology

FREUDENBERG Nonwovens, one of the world's largest and most diverse producers of nonwovens, is upgrading its spunlaid production.

The company is investing several million euros at its Durham and Kaiserslautern sites. Both investment projects relate to the further technical development of existing lines and follow Freudenberg's decades-long tradition of continuous process improvement.

Both major projects will enhance product quality. Following modernization the lines will be able to manufacture nonwovens of a higher quality with improved performance properties. The investment in Durham will also increase Freudenberg Nonwovens' flexibility in supplying global markets.

"As a result, we are strengthening our global position as a technological leader and responding to market demand for higher- quality materials", Dr. Frank Heislitz, CTO of Freudenberg Nonwovens, said.

Advanced production technology will be installed on one of the three existing spunlaid lines in Durham, allowing the company to further improve the quality of its nonwovens used for filter materials, OEM automotive carpeting and carpet tile backings.

"We are optimizing our manufacturing process and enhancing the performance of our production system with this investment", Raoul Farer, Technical Director in Durham, commented. The Durham facility was opened in 1983 and currently has a headcount of some 160.

In Kaiserslautern, which currently employs just under 260 people, an existing pilot line which provides a good platform for product developments already at the planning stage or in the pipeline for the future will be upgraded.

"This project will lead to improvements in the quality of the product's physical properties, allowing us to proactively serve the needs of our customers", Dr. Volker Röhring, Head of Process Development in Kaiserslautern, said.

This will bring benefits not only in the automotive, carpet and filter segments, but also for customers in the shoe and construction sectors. The original unit commissioned in 1970 was one of Freudenberg Nonwovens' first spunlaid lines in Kaiserslautern.

Both investments will be completed during the fourth quarter of 2014. The investment at both sites is a clear commitment to spunlaid technology and part of a comprehensive international technology strategy.

Freudenberg Nonwovens

Freudenberg Nonwovens is one of the world's largest producers of nonwovens, with 21 manufacturing and processing sites in 13 countries. The company manufactures interlinings for the apparel industry and develops nonwovens for the following markets: Energy, Automotive Interiors, Hygiene, Medical, Building Interiors, Geotextiles and Specialties.

Freudenberg Nonwovens markets innovative products such as Lutradur ECO, Vilene, Soundtex and Evolon. In the 2012 financial year, Freudenberg Nonwovens employed just under 3,000 people and generated sales of roughly € 650 million.

Depend incontinence innerwear offers Fit-Flex protection

MANY active, social people with bladder control issues live in fear of embarrassment because they worry their incontinence products can't help them discreetly manage this common condition.

To help give them the freedom and confidence they need every day, Depend, the No. 1 brand of incontinence underwear, has introduced Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection and challenges men and women to try it for the weekend so they can wear their favorite clothes and be as active as they want to be.

"Millions of Americans live with bladder control issues, and many of my patients who experience them say their big, bulky incontinence products keep them from doing things they love," says Jennifer Berman, M.D., urologist, director of the Berman Women's Wellness Center and Depend brand health expert.

"They'll be happy to learn Depend brand is introducing Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection to help give men and women the chance to live their lives to the fullest."

Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection provides the great protection people have come to expect from Depend brand but now features more Lycra strands* for a smooth and comfortable close-to-the- body fit.

"The Depend brand remains committed to introducing innovative solutions that can help improve the lives of people living with bladder leakage and reduce the stigma associated with this common condition," said Elizabeth Metz, Depend brand director, Kimberly-Clark. "We hope that highlighting the personal stories of these people will show men and women with bladder leakage that they don't have to be embarrassed or let it slow them down."

In addition to new online videos, Depend brand is also teaming up with top lifestyle expert Mar Jennings to provide men and women with resources and tips to help them get back a sense of normalcy and live an active, fulfilling life.

A multi-faceted commercial marketing program, the Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection product launch will also be supported by TV and online advertising, product sampling and retail support.

About the Depend Brand and Kimberly- Clark

Launched in 1984 by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Depend brand is the market leader in the adult incontinence category in North America. Over the years, the Depend brand has evolved with its consumers to provide the best protection and lend them the confidence they need to lead normal, active lives.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries.

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