Huntsman Introduces High IQ Sun Protect

Huntsman Textile Effects has extended the High IQ performance assurance scheme to help mills, brands and retailers meet consumer demand for garments and accessories with built-in sun protection.

High IQ Sun Protect provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of up to 50 and above, providing the wearer with the highest level of protection for the lifetime of the garment, according to the manufacturer.

Consumers around the world are increasingly aware of the harmful effects of sun exposure. Children are known to be particularly vulnerable, but all those who work outdoors or who enjoy outdoor activities are at risk. Tested against the highest industry standards, High IQ Sun Protect has been developed to guard against damaging UV-A and UV-B rays to ensure maximum protection. It does not impair the natural aesthetics of the fabric, and prolonged exposure to sunlight and multiple laundering will not degrade the protection or fade the colours, the company explains.

“Consumers today want maximum protection from the sun’s harmful rays, especially when it comes to protecting children. With Huntsman’s High IQ Sun Protect assurance programme, we offer peace of mind when outdoors and exposed to the sun. Our innovative technology ensures protection at the highest levels in textiles that carry the High IQ Sun Protect label, while remaining durable over the lifetime of the garment,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.

 Only mills that meet Huntsman’s stringent requirements earn the right to use the High IQ performance assurance hang tags as point-of-sale product branding. High IQ Sun Protect is said to be ideal for a broad range of fabrics and garments, including clothing for children and babies, swimwear, sportswear, workwear and school uniforms, as well as hats, pram covers, umbrel- las and other accessories.

The technology used to produce the High IQ Sun Protect effect complies with the requirements of bluesign for safe and sustainable textile production. Furthermore, fabrics produced with High IQ Sun Protect effect are suitable for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex.

Our Priority is Nonwoven Production with Biodegradable Polymers

With the advancements of textile technology and synthetic fibers, smart textiles now covers the fields of nanotechnology, material science, design and textile engineering. Emerged as a result of interdisciplinary researches in electronics and computer engineering and medicine, smart textiles started to occupy  have begun to gain an important place in the textiles and ready-to-wear industries study such as medicine.

Starting its education services in 1966 as İzmir Textile Technical High School, today the Department of Textile Engineering boatsts to be one Turkey’s oldest, modern and comprehensive textile education institutions. Since its inception, it has been training problem-solving engineers for the Turkish textile industry, who are equipped with an up-to-date and high quality education, open to improve, creative, aware of responsibilities, and have a strong communication engineers.

We present to you as the Textile Technology Magazine, the informative interview we have made with Assoc. Prof. Deniz DURAN of the Department of Textile Engineering at Aegean University, on smart textiles and nonwoven surfaces.

Can you tell us about your studies in your laboratory, smart textiles and what innovations it has brought?

In our laboratory, researches are conducted on both smart textiles and nonwoven textiles. Our studies on smart textiles has mainly concentrated on the areas of conductive and electromagnetic protective textiles. Conductive textiles are textile structures that have the ability to transmit electrical charges unlike conventional textile structures. Demand for conductive fibers and textile structures is increasing every day. Researches on conducting polymers have become very important in the last 20 years,. One of the functions that the electrical conductivity brings to textiles is the electromagnetic protection

Why is it necessary to have electromagnetic protection and what is its importance for public health?

Radiation spread from the electromagnetic fields (EMF) in high tension lines, such as high voltage lines, is a social problem. The electrical and electronic devices we use in the daily lfie and in the professional area are emitting electromagnetic waves. There are reports about exposure to the electromagnetic field, causing people to have various health problems. For this reason, electromagnetic protection is an important issue for public health.

What kind of studies are you carrying out in the laboratory to provide electromagnetic shielding?

Our research in this area is carried out by undergraduate and graduate dissertations and the R&D projects supported by the Ministry of Industry and the Scientific and Technological research Council of Turkey.

Conductive and electromagnetic protective textiles are made with production of conductive yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, nonwoven production methods on conductive textiles and coating/lamination techniques. Electromagnetic shielding effectiveness measurements are tested in our laboratory with electromagnetic shielding effectiveness measurement system, which is produced in the frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz in a frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz, in accordance with EN50147-1 standard. In this way, the closest results are achieved.

Tests on electromagnetic shielding efficiency are conducted with electromagnetic shielding efficiency measurement system in our laboratory, by producing real electromagnetic waves in the frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz completely isolated from the environment with the anechoic chamber principle, in accordance with EN50147-1 standard and and applying them on textile materials. Thus, we achieve most real-time results.

This way, designing, production and performance tests on many finished textile products for both daily and professional use are carried out. Researches on the conditions in which healthcare staff who are intensively exposed to electromagnetic radiation in the workplace, and the sensitive products for white collar workers or pregnant women and children who should not be exposed to electromagnetic waves.

Which machines do you have in your laboratory and for what purposes do you use them?

We have a meltblown line, an automatic feeder line, an airlaid elbowsheet and binder fixture, a laboratory-type coating and laminating machine, a tufting machine and a recycling line for the nonwoven surfaces. Innovative product development and R&D studies are maintained  by using these machines and relevant methods.

In the needling method, which allows processing of synthetic and natural fibers, fiber bundles are fed to the combs by air-flow after opening and blending. After carding, the cheesecloth are taken to the laying and folding band with the swan-neck apparatus and is laid on top according to the desired thickness. Needling is carried out throughout the thickness of the cheesecloth/padding which is formed by unfixed fibers. The notched needles move fibers from one face of the cheesecloth to the other side to form a complex structure, one part of the fibers which form the cover, which are loose during the needling, stick up to the needles and remain in place, and the fibers are pulled down with the needles reattached. This way, mechanical interlocking of the fibers is completed.

What is the Meltblown method?

The meltblown method is when thermoplastic raw material is melted in the extruder and sprayed in high-speed airflow through the rolls in the form of microfibers on the cylinder, and forms the final surface by self-bonding. In this method, the polymer material/melt dissolved in the extruder is sprayed through the nozzle holes, with a flow of hot air at high speed and the micro-sized fibers, cool and solidify as they move towards the collecting cylinder. The solidifying fibers are randomly orientated in the picking cylinder and form the nonwoven textile surface. The Meltblown method is a single step process, and is the shortest method fpr textile surface production as known currently.

Can you talk about your productions and what areas are they targeting?

In our melt blown laboratory, we conduct production of microfibrous nonwoven surfaces and our studies on this subject. We have some finished and ongoing projects in the fields of medicine and hygiene textiles, insulation, three dimensional sandwich nonwoven textiles, recycling and biodegradation, agricultural textiles, nonwoven-reinforced composites and automotive textiles. By producing surfaces with the combination of melt blowing and some other methods such as needle punching, we focus on nonwoven medical textile products, which speed up the treatment process, increase patient comfort during treatment and facilitate application to healthcare personnel. In addition to all these features, nonwoven surfaces, especially those with microfibers, increase the hygiene by exhibiting very good barrier features thanks to the enlarged surface area and small size pores. We countiue our researches on the meltblown surfaces to increase hygiene.

We have also carried out reserches on the biodegradable nonwoven surfaces for the agriculture field, which are destroyed in nature and do not harm the nature after having fulfilled the function expected of them.

Insulation materials are very important components in terms of both energy saving and enhancing the comfort of life, which are not noticed in the first place by the buyers in the construction and automotive industries. No doubt, nonwoven textile, especially three dimensional sandwich textures, are ideal materials for heat and sound insulation thanks to their random fiber orientation and hollow structure. In this context, we carry out studies in our laboratory to make insulation materials for the automotive and construction industries by combining meltblown, needling and other methods on structures achieved with the methods of needling and lamination.

Today’s most important issues for the automotive industry are energy saving, lightness and recycling, i.e. sustainability. For this reason, the share of textile materials in the automotive industry grows every day. To this end, we are working on nonwoven surface structures and mechanical engineering, which will both lighten the construction and provide insulation in the automotive industry as well as composites with reinforced nonwoven textiles. We also appreciate the use of natural fibers and recycled fibers in this area.

Can you tell us about your researches on recycling and the recycling process in your laboratory?

Sustainability, as it is known, is one of the most important issues in the textiles industry in recent years, as well as in many other industries. We also continue to work on this important issue in our laboratory. All kinds of textile waste are recycled into fibers in the guillotine and chiffon machines in our recycling line.

In the guillotine machine, fabrics, garments or textile wastes classified according to the raw material type or color are separated from the metal parts and fed to the conveyor band. A metal detector detects the metal alloys, which may be contained in the material fed to the conveyor belt, and if it detects any, it stops the band and sends a signal. The machine continues to operate after the metal part is removed. Cutting dimensions can be set by adjusting the speed of the conveyor belt with the frequency setting on the control panel. When it is conveyed with the material supply band, it is compressed in a certain position by the upper pressure rollers and fed regularly to the cutting outlet. The upper knife on the machine is mobile while the lower knife is fixed. The material, fed by the up and down movements of the upper blade is separated into small pieces.

Textile wastes separated into small pieces in the guillotine machine are fed to the chiffon machine. Then, the fiberized wastes taken from the chiffon machine can be used alone or in combination with non-recycled natural or synthetic fibers to produce nonwoven surfaces or as composite reinforcement material. In processing these fibers, needling and airless crimping methods yield good results.

What kind of collaborations have you been engaged in so far?

So far, we have been engaged in collaborations with various companies both in the fields of conductive and electromechanical protective textiles and nonwoven materials in the scope of projects by the Ministry of Industry and the Scientific and Technological research Council of Turkey. Within these projects, we have developed textile products for daily and professional use, which have electrical conductivity and other features of texture, use and comfort provided by conventional textiles. Designing, production and performance tests for these products are carried out within the companies and departments which we are in cooperation with. We also work together with different departments of our university, such as mechanical engineering, for interdisciplinary studies. We would also like to point out that we are always ready to cooperate with companies and other universities, which want to work with us on these issues.

What will be your new projects?

In our new projects, we plan to utilize our know-how and experience in the field of conductive and smart textiles for designing and production of specific products, to bring together different functions, and to cooperate with different sectors.

About nonwoven textiles, our studies will continue to intensify on medicine and hygiene, agricultural textiles, automotive textiles, insulation, recycling and sustainability. Because of the importance we attach on sustainability, biodegradable polymers and nonwoven textile production will continue to be our priorities. In the near future, we will also focus on filtration, for which we have already completed the preliminary works.

Stoll Launches New Extra-Wide Bed Flat Knitting Machine

Flat knitting machine builder Stoll has revealed details of a new machine it intends to launch at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition.

The new machine is an extra wide-bed version of the successful ADF technology. Designated the ADF 830-24 W and suitable for the production of large textiles, oversizes, unusual cuts or long patterns, this new model has a working width of 84 ins and can be used for a variety of applications including fashion and technical textiles.

The ADF 830-24 W is also equipped with the renowned Stoll-weave-in technology, which allows the production of textiles with weave-like optics and properties. This translates into a range of advantages by directly affecting form, comfort and flexibility; unlike traditional knitwear, says Stoll, weave-like textiles are more stretchable and more comfortable depending on the type of knit. In addition, they can be preformed in the machine and provided with 3D elements.

Based on the successful ADF technology, the ADF 830-24 W also offers advantages with its yarn carriers, which are independent of the carriage and allow a particularly high degree of flexibility. Each pair of carriers is mounted on a total of 12 tracks on the ADF 830-24 W and can be moved both horizontally and vertically, can be easily programmed and quickly equipped with yarn.

Also available is the EKC operating system, which, with its intuitive operating system, makes training and usage more straightforward.

“The ADF 830-24 W represents a user-friendly gain for textile production – from day one,” says Stoll.

Swedish Chemicals Agency: No Reason for Concern About Chemicals in Menstrual Products

Study conducted by a Swedish Chemicals Agency has confirmed the safety of feminine hygiene products. A report released by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) confirmed that the risk of negative effects on health from chemicals in menstrual products is low. The study determined and analysed the chemical substances in 35 different sanitary towels, tampons, panty liners and menstrual cups.

“In our judgement, the risk to health from using the menstrual products and other feminine hygiene products that we have investigated is low. Anyone who uses these products can continue to do so without being concerned about negative effects on health from chemicals,” says Amanda Rosen, an inspector at the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has not found any residues of the pesticide glyphosate or its degradation product AMPA in the products analysed.

“Our conclusion on the basis of our own analyses and earlier studies is that there is no reason to be concerned about glyphosate in for example tampons and sanitary towels,” Amanda Rosen continues.

For its survey the Swedish Chemicals Agency purchased feminine hygiene products in Swedish shops and on the web. In addition to sanitary towels, tampons and menstrual cups, the survey included products that are also used outside the menstruation period such as panty liners and incontinence products. The Swedish Chemicals Agency looked for 62 hazardous and suspected hazardous chemical substances in the products. Of these, a total of 21 substances were detected during the analyses, almost exclusively in low concentrations.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has made an overall risk assessment for 18 of the 21 substances that were found in the products and in the agency’s judgement the risk to health is low. In some menstrual cups three substances were found that the Swedish Chemicals Agency was not able to make a risk assessment for, since there is not sufficient information about the substances available.

“We have no information that indicates that these three substances constitute a health risk. The concentrations of the substances that were measured are also low,” says Amanda Rosen.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency will carry on a dialogue with the companies to make them aware of the analysis findings in the report regarding the three substances for which the agency was not able to make a risk assessment.

The survey of chemicals in menstrual products and other feminine hygiene products is part of the Government´s assignment to the Swedish Chemicals Agency to map hazardous chemical substances in products and goods that are available to the general public. Further reasons why the Swedish Chemicals Agency has mapped feminine hygiene products are that they are used regularly by large parts of the population and that the Swedish Chemicals Agency has a responsibility to supervise these products.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has not made any assessment of the risk of discomfort or complications caused by factors other than the chemical content of the products, for example Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) that is caused by bacteria and can occur from using tampons. Such assessments are not included in the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s assignment.

Paperboard is Replacing Plastic to Reduce Climate Impact

A number of global companies have replaced or are doing trials to replace the material in their gift cards – from plastic to paperboard. Sweden’s largest cinema chain, SF Bio, has taken the plunge and is now replacing all its cards.

“When our card supplier, Megacard, suggested we could make our gift cards from paperboard and thereby drastically reduce their environmental impact, it was self-evident to us to switch,” explains Anna Marcusson, product manager for gift cards at SF Bio.

Replacing plastic with a non-fossil material is a clear trend, not least in the packaging industry. Switching from fossil plastic to an alternative material such as paperboard reduces companies’ climate impact. Changing an established infrastructure takes time, though, especially if it means that the packaging must be redesigned, the packing equipment modified or replaced, and the distribution from manufacturer to consumer is affected. The UK food company Iceland has attracted widespread attention with its pledges to eliminate plastic in its packaging within five years. Many people with packaging experience say five years is a fairly short time given the challenges faced by Iceland.

In light of these factors, the switchovers by IKEA and SF Bio have occurred very quickly, and there is reason to believe that many more companies will follow their example.

“Because the cards’ format is identical, it’s easy to make the switch. Apart from the actual production process for making the cards, very few other components of companies’ existing equipment need to be modified. So this is a very simple step to take compared with redesigning a plastic packaging solution, where complex and fully automated packing lines must be modified,” explains Johan Granås, Head of Sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard, who was closely involved in developing the solution that IKEA finally chose.

Another example of this packaging industry trend is Apple, where packaging developers are focusing on reducing the use of plastic. This is clear from Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy, which the company published in October 2017. Among other things, the report details how Apple succeeded in reducing the plastic content of the iPhone 7 packaging by 84 per cent compared with that of the iPhone 6s.

“Ten years ago, any manufacturer would have solved this issue with plastic,” Granås says. “But now we’re seeing time and again how companies are investing strongly to create alternative solutions in paperboard – not only Apple but many, many others.”

Granås is careful to say that plastic is still an important material in both today’s and tomorrow’s packaging market. Traditional paperboard packaging for food often needs a plastic barrier to create a seal that protects against grease, moisture and aromas. Making the packaging’s construction out of paperboard and then creating the barrier with the thinnest possible plastic coating is already a good example of good materials management.

“The development of fossil-free plastic materials is happening very quickly and I predict we will soon have bioplastics with less and less fossil content, which will significantly reduce the climate impact of food packaging in particular,” Granås concludes.

 

Iggesund’s Turnover is Just over €500 Million

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

International Nonwovens Symposium 2018 Closed With An Eye On A Sustainable Future

EDANA closed its 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium (INS) today, having confirmed the industry’s confidence in the opportunities and strengths of the nonwovens industry.

A warmly received keynote presentation on IKEA’s global material sourcing strategy from Anders Bergner was followed with a very well attended session with enlightening examples of credible steps into the circular economy and use of renewable resources.

“I thought the level of speakers and content, especially during the circular session, really gave the whole industry something to think about. The quality of participants was fantastic, with a really good mix of technical experts and senior executives” said Johan Berlin of InvestKonsult of Sweden.

The traditional EDANA dinner, 215 participants from 144 companies across the supply chain took advantage of the many networking opportunities, discussing the variety of presentations from “Industry 4.0” challenges and opportunities, to recycling, innovation and new filter media. With further presentations on environmental sustainability and bioplastic material innovation, the 2018 INS delivered on the objective to address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The Best Forum Worldwide

Dayal Mehta from Welspun in India said that he believed the INS to be “the best forum worldwide for knowledge enhancement with excellent technical content.

The appreciation of the value of attending the INS was echoed by Mirsabitov Mirjalol, Project Manager at ADG Holding of Uzbekistan “being relatively new to the sector it was great to meet many professionals from the industry. The presentations and discussions allowed me to learn a lot about trends in the market and the latest innovations. It was truly inspiring, and I hope to participate in further EDANA conferences”

“Since EDANA last held the INS in Rome 15 years ago, sustainability as a topic has evolved from a minor interest subject to take primacy on the agenda” said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA. “It is pleasing to hear of such positive feedback on the focus of our programme and encouraging to see industry leaders discuss and demonstrate innovations that will contribute to sustainable business practices and embark our sector in its transition towards a more circular economy.”

Oakley® and Bioracer Launch Graphene Plus Cycling Jersey

Directa Plus plc (AIM: DCTA), a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, is pleased to announce that Oakley®, in collaboration with Bioracer, a designer and manufacturer of innovative, customised clothing for cycling teams and individuals as well as for other sporting activities, have launched the G+ Graphene Aero Jersey containing the Company’s graphene-based products.

Unveiled at the EUROBIKE 2018 trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the new jersey is designed to leverage the unique properties of Graphene Plus (G+) to dissipate heat from the rider’s body enabling them to focus less on the conditions around them and more on performance.  New Aero Jersey enhanced with Directa Plus’ G+ graphene is a first of its kind cycling garment.

Its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic

The Company’s unique, printed G+ planar thermal circuit distributes the heat generated by the body and dissipates it when needed to significantly improve the comfort of the wearer and enable riders to use less energy to regulate their body temperature. Fabrics treated with G+ are also electrostatic and bacteriostatic. These properties contribute to moisture management and have an anti-odour effect, and, if placed on the outside of the garment, G+ reduces the friction with air and water to facilitate top sporting performance. In addition, Directa Plus’ production process is chemical-free and its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa Plus, said: “We are honoured that Oakley and Bioracer have launched the G+ Aero Jersey incorporating our Graphene Plus, which follows extensive lab and road testing. It is a significant endorsement of the strengths of our offer and, in particular, the thermal regulation abilities of our G+ planar thermal circuit. Sportswear represents a substantial potential market for our G+ and we’re delighted to have added cycling clothing to our portfolio of G+-enhanced textiles for sport, which includes skiing, golf and athleisure. We congratulate Oakley and Bioracer on this launch – a first of its kind cycling garment – and look forward to expanding our relationship with them.”

Devan Launches Natural Technology to Make Textiles Free From Pet Allergens

Textile-finishing innovator Devan Chemicals recently launched a technology to make textiles free from allergens shed by cats and dogs. Purissimo is a probiotic-based solution and therefore completely natural. The technology was inspired by their experience with Purotex®, a successful allergen reduction solution that has been used in bedding for more than ten years.

Over the past few decades, pets have been climbing up the social ladder and have moved from outdoor protectors to indoor family members. The American Pet Products Association estimates that 65% of US households own a pet, with cats and dogs being the most popular ones. In Europe, more than 30% of the households own a pet. Although the data are not unequivocal, researchers believe this increasingly close contact between humans and pets and the resulting higher allergen exposures might be a reason for the increase in pet allergies.

Purissimo™

Since many studies have suggested that allergic diseases have increased in frequency, Devan thought it was about time someone came up with a solution. Purissimo is a natural technology, inspired by Devan’s years of experience with Purotex®, a very successful allergen reduction technology that is being used in the bedding industry for more than ten years. With a significant reduction in the house dust mite population of more than 99%, Purotex® has proven to be an effective, preventive strategy for reducing allergic diseases related to house dust mites.

But, unfortunately allergies are not limited to beds and house dust mites alone, and so Devan started exploring what further could be done to reduce health problems related to allergic reactions. After months of testing, the company came out with a solution for allergies triggered by pets such as cats (cat allergen Fel d 1) and dogs (dog allergen Can f 1). Test results show a significant reduction of 92,8 % on the amount of cat hair allergen Fel d1 found in treated samples. The technology is based on probiotic bacteria and therefore, completely natural.

Probiotics

First, inactive probiotic bacteria are encapsulated into microcapsules. These microcapsules are then integrated into textiles. When the fabric is exposed to friction, the microcapsules break open and release the spores. The spores absorb humidity, are then transformed into probiotic bacteria and start to consume the organic matter which contains the various allergens that cause allergic reactions and asthma.

Since pet allergens are also found in homes where there aren’t any pets (because of dispersion by adherence to textile surfaces such as clothing and shoes), Devan’s solution could be used to treat household textiles such as carpets, curtains, upholstery fabrics, etc., resulting in a clean, fresh and allergen-free environment. Also think of car blankets and other pet blankets. And not only in our homes, but also in public spaces like schools, hospitals, libraries, etc., this technology could be used to prevent the dispersion of pet allergens and the ‘second-hand’ exposure that comes along with it.

Schoeller Cooperates with Südwolle Group

Schoeller’s coldblack® technology has been specifically optimized for use on knitted and woven fabrics so brands can now expand their product application uses.

Under the blazing sun, textiles with coldblack® heat up less and stay cool to the touch. Südwolle Group, a leading manufacturer of high quality yarns, has also recognized the ideal combination of merino and coldblack®. With this, the wear comfort of wool apparel can be tangibly improved.

Wool is well known for its various property benefits, including insulation, natural antibacterial protection, odor control, light weight and nearly wrinkle free composition. Not only in the winter time, but also in summer particularly merino wool, a special high-quality type of wool, regulates moisture balance and thus the body temperature.

 

The fibers can absorb a great deal of moisture or sweat and transport it away from the body. Warm ambient air quickly dries the material and causes a cooling evaporation, which makes it very comfortable to wear merino apparel in the summer time.

coldblack® Technology Reliably Reduces Heat Build-Up

coldblack® technology from Schoeller supports the natural properties of wool because it reliably reduces heat build-up when exposed to the sun. Together with the help of Südwolle Group, the finish has been optimized specifically for the use in merino apparel. The yarn manufacturer chooses coldblack® for a variety of uses, especially for knitting and weaving yarns for sports and outdoor apparel and develops such products individually according to its customers’ requirements.

Stéphane Thouvay, Managing Director Product Management & Innovation at Südwolle Group, summarizes the use of the technology as follows: “coldblack® is part of our product range for the summer time, which we will be presenting at OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. The technology reduces not only heat build-up, but also enhances the natural UV protection of wool without affecting the look and feel of the fabric. Therefore coldblack® perfectly fits into our yarn selection for sports and outdoor apparel. For end consumers garments made of coldblack® yarns can optionally be labeled with hangtags.”

When used in high-quality woolen fabrics, coldblack® has already proven its performance and is being used by renowned brands in various collections of men’s suits. Since 2008, the technology has been licensed by more than 200 brands, in sports particularly in the field of cycling, triathlon and golf.

Clariant launched AddWorks® at Chinaplas 2018

 

Clariant’s new AddWorks solutions – AddWorksATR 146, AddWorks LXR 568 and AddWorks TFB 117 – are specifically aimed at improving performance and efficiency of plastics materials for compounders, polymer and fiber producers in China’s major plastics manufacturing segments.

The full AddWorks portfolio consists of differentiated market-specific synergistic additive blends that streamline production processes and create value for customers while enhancing performance. Each solution is customized to specific market needs, underlined by broader considerations such as emission reduction, and less energy and resource usage.

Sustainability and Performance Are Important

Sustainability and performance for the world’s largest auto market to support the significant investment in electric vehicles in China, Clariant launched two additive innovations that improve the lifetime of lightweight automotive parts and under-the-hood applications and reduce VOC emissions in an easy to use single solution.

AddWorks ATR 146 is a new low dosage, sulfur-free heat and light stabilizer for filled polypropylene (TPO) compounds used in interior applications. Its exceptional heat and light stability and long term color retention offers the automotive industry unmatched performance. It shows no surface cracking after 700 hours at 150°C, which enables dashboards, instrument panels, door panels and pillars to maintain their aesthetics longer than with traditional stabilizers.

AddWorks LXR 568 is a high performance processing stabilizer that helps to prevent plastic resins, especially polyolefins, from degradation at high processing temperatures. For the automotive industry, this reduces the tendency of injection molded polypropylene interior car parts to turn brittle during heat exposure, enabling them to maintain a defect-free surface.

The new AddWorks TFB 117 offers a number of benefits to help stabilize and smoothen fiber production processes, protect color, and improve heat stability and mechanical properties of fibers.

Martin P. J. John, Head of BL Performance Additives at Clariant, comments: “AddWorks solutions are an ideal fit with China’s priority of achieving more sustainable production. They save time and reduce complexity along the production process, with easy to use formats that reduce health risk and chemical waste. Our new state-of-the-art production facility in Zhenjiang, China, which opens later this year, is dedicated to the manufacturing of AddWorks to deliver innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the market.”

In addition to AddWorks, Clariant presented Exolit® OP 1400, a highly stable non-halogenated flame retardant enhancing safety during the charging process.

Clariant also introduced two ranges of performance waxes that smoothen the production of automotive plastics for under the hood applications, Licowax® and Licocare® RBW. The recently launched Licocare RBW is a series of multi-purpose additives based on crude rice bran wax. They offer better shaping flexibility, better mechanical properties and enhanced surface finish, which results in a reduced rejection rate and a more effective dosage.