Nonwoven & Technical Textiles: News & Developments

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

Practice manual on Use of Technical Textile in Water Resources Works' Released

One day Technical Seminar was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on “Use of Technical Textiles in Water Resources Works” on April 29 in New Delhi. The event was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation with participation from high level Officials from Central Departments, State Governments, Engineering Departments of States working in Water Resources, Institutions, Colleges, Universities, Manufacturers, Associations, Trade Associations, Consultants and Contractors.

Technical Textiles are being used globally for last several decades. These materials have provided innovative engineering solutions for several applications in civil and geotechnical engineering, for infrastructure water resources projects. Even while Technical Textiles have been extensively used in developed as well as many developing countries, India has yet to capitalise the technical, economical and environmental benefits on large scale. Various parts of India are subjected to floods and environmental degradation. In some of the terrains, the flood management and control can rely on Technical Textiles tubes, containers and bags. Technical Textiles have been found to perform better than concrete as water protection component because of permeability, flexibility and ease of underwater placement. The Seminar highlighted various application areas, best practices and mechanisms for encouraging larger usage of Technical Textile in Water Resources Sector and created a platform for all the concerned stakeholders for brain-storming and creating a roadmap to take the Technical Textiles uses to the next level. The speakers from various fields discussed issues of Standards, Benchmarking & Testing, Technical-textiles for Water Resources Conservation, Advanced methods in use of Technical Textiles, Contractual Matters related to Technical Textiles etc. in detail. The seminar was chaired by Mr. Masood Hussain, Chairman, CWC. Smt. T. Rajeshwari, Addl. Secretary, MoWR, RD and GR, Mr. N.K. Mathur, Member D&R, CWC, Mr. S.L. Gupta, Director CSMRS and Mr. Anuj Kanwal, Director, R&D Division, MoWR, RD and GR also attended the seminar. Chairman CWC released the “Practice Manual on use of Technical Textile in Water Resources Works”.

Defence ministry to adopt new procurement

The defence ministry will be adopting a new procurement policy that will define the level of indigenous content for defence equipment and give higher preference to local vendors in contracts and to start with, it has identified military textiles such as bulletproof jackets, boots and high altitude clothing for this purpose. The ministry will also identify other defence equipment where the policy can be applied. The matter stems from an order issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in June 2017 on 'Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India)'. A meeting was recently held on the policy in Mumbai. Comprising of senior officers from the army, it focussed on notifying indigenous content in the supply of technical textiles by Indian vendors. This means that the defence ministry and the army with other stakeholders will define the quantity of indigenisation in textile-based items such as bulletproof jackets, bulletproof patkas (similar to helmets), super high altitude clothing, boots and sleeping bags. A similar meeting was held by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra in December. According to the order, the minimum local content for an item should be 50%. While officials explained that quantum of indigenous content has not been fixed, the order adds that a ministry can prescribe a higher or lower percentage of it for a particular product. “The nodal ministry may annually review the local content requirements with a view to increasing them, subject to availability of sufficient local competition with adequate quality,” the order said. Another important part of the order is that the purchase preference for a product will be given to local suppliers. An official explained that in the procurement of an item where there is an adequate vendor base and if its value is Rs 50 lakh or less, then only local suppliers are eligible. In cases where the procurement value is more than Rs 50 lakh, if the L1 (lowest bidder) is a local supplier, the contract for the full quantity will be awarded to it. However, if the L1is a foreign vendor, then only 50% of the order quantity will be awarded to it. “Thereafter, the lowest bidder among the local suppliers, will be invited to match the L1 price for the remaining 50%. This will, however, be subject to the local supplier's quoted price falling within the margin of the purchase preference,” explained an official. If the lowest eligible local supplier fails to match the L1 price, then the next higher local supplier within the margin of the purchase preference will be invited to match the L1price for the remaining quantity.

Techtextil 19: high tech from materials to machines

Textiles are to be found in almost every part of everyday life. The biggest ever editions of the world's leading international trade fairs for the sector, Techtextil and Texprocess kicked off from May 14th and spotlighted the functions of textiles, especially technical textiles, and ways in which textiles are processed at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, Germany Transport pods for the Hyperloop, textile room installations, intelligent fashions and 3D avatars that try on garments: from 14 to 17 May, Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt am Main will reveal where technical textiles are to be found in everyday settings and how textiles are processed. The leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens and for the processing of textile and flexible materials will bring together a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries: 1,501 from 57 countries at Techtextil and 317 from 34 countries at Texprocess. Thus, the two trade fairs will be opening their doors tomorrow on their biggest ever editions. “Throughout Europe, technical textiles are one of the biggest sectors of the textile and apparel industry and thus a decisive driving force for its economic strength. Held concurrently, Texprocess and its highly innovative exhibitors stand for high-tech in the textile-processing sector, in an unrivalled, concentrated way. In this connection, we now talk about Impact 4.0, in other words significant and visible developments emerging from Industry 4.0”, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. “Over the coming days, Techtextil and Texprocess will turn Frankfurt into the epicentre of textile innovation.”

Increased internationality and new countries

With 421 exhibitors from Germany and 1,080 from abroad, Techtextil 2019 can boast a 72 percent level of internationality. After Germany, the five biggest exhibitor nations are Italy (134), China (113), France (103), Switzerland (63) and the United Kingdom (62). Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence are Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Tunisia. Additionally, 14 countries are represented by national pavilions. Particular exhibitor growth was registered from Turkey, the Czech Republic, China, the USA and Taiwan. With 212 exhibitors from abroad and 105 from Germany, the level of internationality at Texprocess is 67 percent. After Germany, the five biggest exhibitor nations are Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan and Turkey. Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence are Finland, Denmark, the Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Singapore. Additionally, China, Japan and Taiwan are represented by national pavilions.

From the Hyperloop to outdoor fashions

From architecture, the automobile industry and medicine to the fashion business and personal protection: Techtextil is a mirror for the broad spectrum of applications involving textile materials. At the 'Urban Living – City of the Future' special area of Techtextil and Texprocess, trade visitors can see, for example, a carbon-fibre pod of the Technical University of Delft for the Hyperloop, 3D textiles for improving indoor acoustics, experimental fashions made of sustainable materials and motorcycles of recycled military uniforms. Techtextil exhibitors present, inter alia, sensor textiles with which it will soon be possible to control the mirrors, windows and lighting in cars, textile-reinforced concrete façades, LED textiles for interior furnishings and functional fabrics made of recycled fibres and down-filling substitute for outdoor fashions.

Avatars, robots and 3D-knitted shoes

At the neighbouring Texprocess, everything during the four days of the fair revolves around the latest processing technologies for making apparel and fashions, upholstered furniture and accessories for the automobile industry. There, 3D avatars try on virtual garments, robots convey material blanks from one machine to the next while embroidery machines dye yarns during the embroidery process. In five micro-factories, not only will individual pieces of clothing be designed, cut out, sewn and digitally printed. Shoe uppers will also be produced using 3D knitting technology and leather for the car seats of leading automobile manufacturers processed.

Germany is the world leader in the technical-textiles market

It is estimated that technical textiles account for around 30 percent of worldwide textile production and the world market is expected to grow by over four percent a year to reach US $ 198 billion by 2022.1 In Europe, technical textiles represent around 17 percent of total textile production and are thus one of the most important foundations of the European textile industry.2 Germany is the world market leader in the field of technical textiles, which accounts for 60 percent of the turnover of the German textile and apparel industry.3 Altogether, Techtextil and Texprocess welcomed 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and over 47,500 visitors from 114 countries to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in 2017.

Huntsman's eco-friendly products at Techtextil 2019

Huntsman Textile Effects is bringing its innovative disperse dyes and inks, comprehensive range of durable water repellents and deep technical expertise to Techtextil 2019.

“As a leading provider of high-quality dyes and textile chemicals, we are excited to showcase our solutions that deliver on performance and sustainability in equal measure,” said Oliver Gerlach, Global Marketing Manager for Process Chemicals at Huntsman Textile Effects. “We have been at the forefront developing non-fluorinated durable water repellents, robust washfast dyes for polyester and pioneered the digital printing market from its earliest days two decades ago.”

Following the expansion of the long-term alliance between Huntsman and Chemours, an extended range of offerings around Phobotex and Zelan for sustainable, high performance and non-fluorinated durable water repellent finishes will be featured at Techtextil.

Disperse ink ranges

Teratop XKS HL disperse inks are suitable for automotive digital printing and outdoor end-uses. These inks are designed to deliver excellent light fastness and superior printing performance on Kyocera print heads. Ideal for waterless paper transfer printing, and designed for Piezo Epson DX print heads, Terasil TS water-based sublimation inks are said to deliver high-colour density and superior printing performance for sportswear, apparel, flags and banners. Terasil W/WW is a robust and high-performance washfast dye range for polyester. The range achieves right-first-time performance and is bluesign approved and suitable for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certified textile products. “Huntsman Textile Effects also has a unique body of knowledge and experience built up over decades in the industry,” the company says. “It shares its technical expertise and application knowledge with mills around the world to help them achieve greater productivity and efficiency. It also offers local technical support worldwide.” Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2018 revenues more than US$ 9 billion. Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading provider of high-quality dyes, chemicals and digital inks to the textiles and related industries. The company has operations in more than 90 countries and six primary manufacturing facilities in six countries – China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand. “Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of what we do. We use cutting edge technology to develop solutions and create innovative products with intelligent effects such as durable water repellents, colour fastness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes which reduce water and energy consumption,” the manufacturer concludes. Further information from: www.huntsman.com/textile_effects

Argar Technology introduces the ONE fabrics line at Techtextil

Argar's event entitled - ONE, Fabrics with Innovation and Sustainability at the Core - will be held on 16 May at 10.30am in the Kontrast Room, Hall 3, East Side.

The products of ONE line are produced with recycled PET and organic cotton. Argar Technology

Argar, a leading specialist in research and development of protective knitted fabrics based in Magnago, Italy, is hosting a special event in collaboration with ALSCO Italia, CBF Balducci, and Sinterama at this year's Techtextil. The meeting will provide hands-on experience about technical and sustainable features of the ONE product line of fabrics. The attendants will learn about the sustainability strategies of Argar and its partners. “The textiles industry faces a great challenge: to create products for an increasingly demanding market while respecting the environment and caring of natural resources. The ONE line of fabrics was born from a search for materials with a lower environmental impact and better performance. A task achieved in collaboration with suppliers and customers, because sustainability is a shared challenge,” commented Umberto Negri, Chairman, Argar. With Marco Ricchetti, Sustainability-lab, as a Chair, the event will host speakers including Argar's Export Manager Gianluca Clementi and R&D Mattia Zaffaroni, as well as Ruggero Sammarco, Workwear and PPE Product Manager, ALSCO Italia; Michele Rossi, General Manager Export, CBF Balducci, and Massimo Piglia Head of Sales, Sinterama.

The ONE fabrics line

The global demand for textile products is steadily increasing, a trend likely to continue due population growth and economic development. Meanwhile, the textiles industry is facing tremendous environmental and resource challenges. Sixty-three percent of textile fibres are derived from petrochemicals, whose production and fate give rise to considerable carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The remaining 37% is dominated by cotton (24%), a plant associated with toxic pollution, due to intensive use of pesticides.

The ONE line of fabrics was born from a search for materials with a lower environmental impact. © Argar Technology. The products of ONE line are produced with recycled PET and organic cotton and GRS and GOTS certified and therefore respond to the criteria of environmental sustainability, toxicity and to the minimum social criteria of ILO (International Labour Organisation), the company reports.

The GOTS certification attests the utilisation of organic cotton that compared to a standard cotton is cultivated without chemical fertilisers and harmful pesticides utilisation, with processes that advance biodiversity, organic cycles, and soil health.

The polyester is 100% recycled and allows for a 60% saving on energy resources and a 31% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, compared to a non-recycled one. The scraps used to produce the recycled polyester are all from the surrounding area in which the company operates, preventing unnecessary emissions due to the transport of raw materials. “We are fully aware of our social and environmental responsibilities. Our concrete commitment to sustainability led to the development of the ONE fabrics line,” added Mr Negri.

Made in Italy quality

Argar Technology was founded upon the concept of creating a completely localised manufacturing system embracing efficiency and the highest level of quality control against a competitive backdrop of low-tech and low-quality imports. In other words, the company set out to make high quality innovative products which carried the Made in Italy name.

Argar’s fabrics combine flame resistant, hi-visibility, antistatic, arc flash protection and antibacterial properties in a wide variety of certified products. © Argar Technology

The company is a leading European manufacturer of Certified Protective Knitted Fabrics and Textile Accessories aimed to produce personal protective garments for professional (PPE), technical and sports purposes. Argar's fabrics combine flame resistant, hi-visibility, antistatic, arc flash protection and antibacterial properties in a wide variety of certified products.

Further information ARGAR Srl Via Sicilia 61 20020 Magnago (MI) Italy Driving Directions Phone: +39 0331.350137 Fax: +39 0331.354376 Email: info@argar.it www.argartechnology.com

Porcher Industries to present technical textile and thermoplastic innovations at Techtextil 2019

Porcher Industries, a leader in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions with a global platform delivering unique chemistries, technologies and innovations will assemble a talented team of professionals to present its latest innovations at Techtextil 2019, Hall 3.1, Booth H61, from 14 to 17 May in Frankfurt, Germany. Innovations on displaywill include the latestthermoplastic 5Gradometechnology developed in cooperation with Meggitt, the awardwinning non-combustible FLAMLINE fabric as well as arecycled ultra-lightweightfabric for the OutdoorSports Apparel market.

A new SATCOM radome for in-flight 5G communications

Porcher Industries hasworked with Meggitt, a leading international company specializing in advanced components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defense and energy markets, on the development of a new SATCOM radome to support the demand for enhanced 5G communication for in-flight connectivity. Porcher Industries has developeda bespoke glass reinforced thermoplastic material for the base structural component. This composite material solution delivers high impact resistance and efficient processing whilst also providing the ability to tune the Dielectric Constant (Dk) for optimizing 5G Air-to-Ground transmission. Porcher Industries' latest radome material technology can also be applied in other markets such as Mobile Telecommunications and Big Data Wireless Networks, enhancing the development of lighter, higher-performing and longer lasting antenna enclosures.

FLAMLINE – Excellent Product Design Award 2019

Displayed on the Porcher Industries'stand will be the award-winningproduct FLAMLINE. This non-combustible glass fabric combines a high level of fire safety with creative design. It is intended for various indoor public spaces such as cinemas, theatres and hospitals, as acoustic wall panels or sunscreens, as well as for transportation including cruise-ships, trains and buses. Available in different weave patterns and numerous colours, FLAMLINEwas, earlier this year, announced as the winner of the Excellent Product Design Award in the Materials & Surfaces Category at the German Design Awards 2019.

Recycled light weightfabrics for the OutdoorSports Apparel market

Porcher Sports, the Sports and Leisure Division of Porcher Industrieshas developed a recycled ultra-light fabric for its customer Berg Outdoor. Berg Outdoor's Zero Gravity Down Jacket is made out of 2nd grade waste parachute fabric and other recycled components. The top layer of the jacket uses Porcher Sport's recycled ultra-light weight parachute fabric that has been treated with an in-house formulated coating which is both water repellent and designed to resist the harshest of conditions. Grade B sections of the parachute material are recycled rather than scrapped and were specifically chosen for its extreme tear resistance, and its foldable, easily packable, light weight attributes. This waterproof, highly insulated yet light weight outdoor jacket represents the latest trends for sustainable produce in the outdoor sector and wasannounced as the ISPO Awards 2019 Gold Winner within the Outdoor category. As a major actor in high performance technical textiles and composites, Porcher Industries is active in five key markets: Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Building, Industrial and Electronics, Sport and Leisure.

Further information from: Dominique SUR Communications, Porcher industries dominique.sur@porcher-ind.com

Towelie nonwoven oil absorbent video released

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

A video showcasing the applicability of non-microplastic oil absorbent wipe, Towelie has been recently released. Lubbock-based E Innovate, LLC showcased the applicability and positive features of non-microplastic oil absorbent mat, Towelie via a video release. A Texas Tech University's (TTU) alumni has enabled the market penetration of different versions of efficient oil absorbent mats and wipes, 'Towelie '. The product has evolved out of a successful collaboration between India and United States utilizing strengths in the textile and advanced materials sectors in the two nations. Ronald Kendall, Jr., showed interest in finding sustainable solutions for toxic oil spill as a high school student and carried out research in this scribe's Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory during Fall 2011-Spring 2012. Kendall, Jr., attended TTU majoring in energy commerce and has continued his passion for finding environmentally friendly solutions for toxic oil spills, which has resulted in his founding, E Innovate, LLC. Kendall, Jr., serves as its president ably assisted by young entrepreneurs who have a passion to innovate and finding environmentally friendly solutions to complex problems such as oil contamination. Towelie is not only an oil absorbent, it functions as an efficient wipe for cleaning leaking well heads, rods and tubes in oil and gas production. Field studies in oil production wells in the Permian Basin have been successful and well received by leading companies. “This product has been exceeding expectations in efficiently wiping and absorbing hydrocarbons in oil and gas drilling operations and pipelines,” stated Ronald Kendall, Jr. Some of the largest oil producers have tested the product to replace the shop rags and other synthetic oil absorbing mats. Towelie products enhance production efficiency, result in the improvement in workflow in oil and natural gas fields and it offers a sustainable solution as the absorbent core is biodegradable. These products are timely as microplastics and plastic contamination issues are getting serious attention, due to potential environmental and human health risks. Towelie is offered in different versions depending on the need of the customers such as 100% biodegradable, product that has biodegradable sorbent core, etc. “The product can easily transition into various fields such as manufacturing, marine, mining, automobile sector due to its application capability such as sorbents, wipes,” stated Kendall, Jr. The product's history is interesting in that the founder of E Innovate, LLC, Ronald Kendall, Jr., was initiated into cotton research while he was a high school student by this scribe in the Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech University (TTU). Ronald Kendall, Jr. has brought in mechanical engineer Luke Kitten of Slaton to take the product to the next phase. Both Ronald Kendall, Jr. and Luke Kitten carried out research on cotton in the Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory at TTU, while studying in high schools in Lubbock, USA. This scribe has been advocating the use of natural materials for oil sorbents and other industrial applications and is thrilled to see products such as Towelie that are coming into the market space. The video is available at the company's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9o3X7htCa4 More information of the product is at: http://www.towelieglobal.com

Nonwoven innovations to be featured

Nonwoven sector is a growth industry. According to recent statistics, the global nonwoven industry has registered a growth of 6.9 percent. Speaking with this scribe yesterday, Brad Kalil, director of market research and statistics at the Cary-based INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry presented a growth picture for the sector. On production terms, United States accounts for 30% of global production at roll goods (fabric) stage accounting about US$13.7 billion in value. The value at roll goods stage globally will be about US$50 billion. When this scribe started promoting the nonwoven sector in India in 2006, the global nonwovens sector at roll goods level was valued at US$30 billion. Nonwoven's field lends itself to constant research and innovation. The Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) division of TAPPI will be showcasing new developments in the field in the forthcoming NETInc 2019 conference to be held this May in conjunction with the world's leading paper conference (PaperCon 2019) in Indianapolis. Over 1000 participants have already registered for the PaperCon event. Larry Montague, president of TAPPI commented, “this year's event will showcase best practices for now, and ideas for the future to drive the industry forward.” The nonwoven conference will kick-off with keynote presentations. Andrew Aho, vice-president of new business development at Industrial Fabrics Association International will provide insights on the United States' advanced textiles market and outlook for the future. Amit Kapoor, president and CEO of First Line Technology, will focus his talk on nonwovens commercialization pathways. First Line has transitioned nonwoven wipe, “FiberTect,” into defense markets. With heightened awareness on plastic contamination, papers on bio-based oil absorbing nonwovens, antibacterial cotton products and developments in nanocellulose research will be presented. The conference has attracted good mix of papers from industry and academia on varied themes such as innovative filter media, foam finishing, biodegradable wool felts, etc. Gaurav Pranami, vice president R & D at Imbed Biosciences, stated, “with 22 talks on the latest R&D in the field of nonwovens from industry and academia and national and international participants, NETInc 2019 is the conference to be.”

More details about the event is at: http://netincevent.org/program/technical-program/ By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA