VEOCEL™ Takes Initiative With ‘Hands On’ Motto To Draw Attention To Hidden Plastics In Wet Wipes

Intriguing information is shared regarding the plastics hidden inside wet wipes that are widely used in our everyday lives during the press conference held by Lenzing Group to raise environmental awareness.

Accordingly, less than 10% of the consumers are aware of the fact that most of the wet wipes have considerable amount of plastic material inside them. Lenzing introduced VEOCEL™ fibers in order to guide consumers who would like to make sustainable and environment-friendly buying decisions as well as the ‘Hands On’ initiative aiming to promote the consumers to purchase biodegradable products.

Manufacturing environment-friendly special fibers from renewable wood raw material, Lenzing Group held a press conference intending to increase environmental awareness to promote the usage of more sustainable raw materials.

Lenzing Global Nonwovens Business Management Vice President Jurgen Eizinger spoke at the press conference, in which notable information was shared regarding the plastics hidden inside the products that are widely used in our everyday livesand stated that they produced special fibers using environment-friendly and innovative technologies, and moreover, contributed to raise environmental awareness of the sector and consumers.

In this regard, Eizinger indicated that VEOCEL™ brand was released to the market as the new nonwoven brand of the Lenzig Group, adding “More people are using wet wipes in everyday life due to their being practical, hygienic and ready to use. However, studies reveal very few people know that most of these wet wipes contain considerable amount of plastic materials and would harm the environment if not disposed of properly. According to sectoral data, less than 10% of the consumers are aware of the fact that wet wipes have fossil based plastics in them. In the meantime, 9 out of 10 people stated that they would prefer to use a biodegradable alternative.”

Eizinger reminded that parallel to the efforts of the lawmakers who try to diminish global plastic waste amount, European Union (EU) recently released a directive regarding single-use plastic products proceeded with the following, “According to this new EU initiative, wet wipe packages will have to be marked concerning the negative effects to the environment and they will have to be disposed of properly. The wood-based, botanical-origin fibers of the Lenzing Group offers an alternative to the fossil based plastic materials inside the wet wipes. These botanical-origin fibers produced by renewable wood material with an environment-friendly production process are completely biodegradable in sea and land recycling to nature.

If the wet wipe package has VEOCEL™ logo on it, the product is 100% biodegradable

Miray Demirer Acar, Head of Turkey & Middle East and Africa Marketing Communication and Branding Department, expressed that the consumers could take a step forward by going for the biodegradable products in order to reduce the plastic waste in the sea and therefore had launched the ‘Hands On’ initiative. Acar indicated that, with the ‘Hands On’ initiative, they aimed to foster a dialog among the wet wipe customers with environmental consciousness, sustainability experts, and people sharing similar concerns to promote the usage of environment-friendly and more sustainable raw materials. Acar added “With this initiative, we wanted to raise awareness about the hidden plastic materials inside the wet wipes that are omnipresent in everyday life. Day by day, the amount of plastic waste in the sea increases which endangers both human health as well as the nature. If we pay attention to the contents of the products we use and prefer sustainable and environment-friendly ones, we can pass a better world on to the next generations. As a manufacturer, we try to fulfill our responsibility by producing sustainable and environment-friendly raw materials. The consumers should realize that their buying decisions are significant and therefore can realize a better future by going towards environment-aware choices.”

Acar also drew attention to the fact that the consumers who desire to make a sustainable shopping decision were in need of a good guidance and assurance. Acar concluded her remarks as: “Therefore, in the beginning of this year, we announced new certification criteria for our VEOCEL™ brand. Accordingly, only biodegradable botanic-origin fibers can be used in VEOCEL™ wet wipes. Consumers will be certain that their purchase is sustainable and environment-friendly when they see the VEOCEL™ logo as a ‘Trusted Brand’ on the packaging.”

IITD to Host Conference on Functional Textiles & Clothing

The second international conference on Functional Textiles & Clothing (FTC) is being organised by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) from February 7-9, 2020, in New Delhi. FTC will be held in partnership with World University of Design, Haryana—a budding design university of India, and PSG Tech.

A biannual international conference, FTC provides a platform for leading academic scientists, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs to have in-depth exchanges on latest scientific developments, cutting edge technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges and opportunities in the field of functional textiles and clothing.

“Functional clothing comprises clothing that is designed to deliver specific functionalities to users, over and above their usual functions. Functional clothing items can be classified as Protective clothing, Sports clothing, Medical clothing, Vanity clothing and clothing for military applications that performs multiple functions. Smart clothing items equipped with sensors and processors for monitoring of body parameters are a fast-growing segment of this market. The market for functional clothing is predicted to reach $244.6 billion by 2025,” the organisers said in a press release.

Functional clothing is driven by developments in the field of textile materials as well as apparel production processes. Conductive textiles, composites and membranes, new fabrics, surface functionalisation techniques, innovative finishes and coatings and nanotechnology are the emerging areas. CAD CAM technologies including those for 3D and 4D body measurement, pattern design, fit testing and mass customisation, clothing comfort, clothing for special groups and innovative fashion design are growing fields. Internet of things, artificial intelligence, deep learning and virtual reality tools are used to design clothing that is smart, responsive and closer to the needs of the user, the organisers said.

India is amongst the largest producers and consumers of clothing in the world. A large population and availability of raw materials is adding fuel to the production of apparel in the country. Rising aspirations of the middle class, increasing incomes and greater awareness of market trends amongst Indian consumers is providing a strong push to this market segment. The drivers for growth are employment generation, innovation, product development, entrepreneurship and contemporarisation of traditional textiles and crafts. Sustainability is an important consideration for all sectors of the textile and clothing value chain.

The FTC organising committee is inviting abstracts from students and researchers in the form of oral and poster presentations. Authors have to submit a one-page abstract.

A specialised 5-day pre-conference workshop titled ‘Anthropometry, Patternmaking and Clothing Fit’ would be held from February 2-6, 2020. The workshop would be conducted by Daisy Veitch, an experienced anthropometrist and pattern making professional who directed the Australian National Size and Shape Survey in 2002.

In addition, the organisers have planned some events that are specifically planned to encourage design, innovation and product development activities amongst students and young entrepreneurs. The textile product/process innovation contest invites students from round the world to showcase innovative textile products having application in medical, sports, defence or any other field. The fashion product innovation contest invites entries from innovative fashion products/clothing incorporating an innovative technology or performing an innovative function. For poster contest, students in different areas of functional textiles and clothing can submit poster abstracts.

Frankfurt: The Hotspot For High-Tech Textiles

Technical textiles for all applications and a wide range of textile technologies: from 14 to 17 May 2019, Techtextil will bring together more exhibitors from even more countries than before.

Around four months before it opens its doors, Techtextil is almost fully booked, exceeding once again booking levels for the previous event at the same time of year. With its trend theme, ‘Urban Living – City of the Future’, the leading international trade fair also takes a look ahead to see how technical textiles will shape urban life in the future. The suppliers at Techtextil represent the complete spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens. There is a significant increase in the number of suppliers in the fields of technology, as well as fibres and yarns. Suppliers of woven fabrics, coated textiles and functional apparel textiles are also strongly represented. All areas of application for textile materials are covered. In particular, representatives from industry, architecture and construction, the fashion and clothing industry, the automotive sector, aerospace, medicine, sport, and hazard protection will find a more comprehensive range of products than before.

The Techtextil and Texprocess exhibition area will be presenting examples of textile applications

New: Techtextil Forum provides an open platform for exchange

On all four days, the trade fair will offer a new format of lectures, discussions and interactive sessions with the Techtextil Forum. The forum, which replaces the Techtextil Symposium, will take place directly in exhibition Hall 4.1 and all Techtextil participants will be able to Access it free of charge. Trade visitors can look forward to contributions in the following thematic areas: sustainability, digital transformation, smart textiles, urban textiles, composites, and technical textiles in medical technology.

Awards for innovative ideas

For the 15th time now, Techtextil will be giving the Techtextil Innovation Award for outstanding new and further developments in the field of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional apparel fabrics. Both exhibitors and non-exhibitors at Techtextil can take part in the competition. Also for the 15th time, Techtextil will be giving awards to students and young professionals for their work, as part of the ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ competition.

Focus on sustainability

Sustainability is one of the central themes of the upcoming Techtextil and Texprocess. For the first time, the two fairs will be showcasing their exhibitors’ efforts towards sustainability. The Techtextil and Texprocess Innovation Awards give prizes for sustainable textile innovations and processing approaches.

Techtextil and Texprocess are sharing an exhibition hall for the first time

In May 2019, Techtextil and the parallel Texprocess will be sharing an exhibition hall for the first time. In Hall 4.1, Techtextil will be showcasing some of the suppliers of woven, laid web, braided and knitted fabrics, coated textiles, and nonwovens, as well as selected suppliers of textile machines. Suppliers of functional apparel textiles and the ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’ mark the transition to Texprocess, which will be showcasing different production lines for clothing, shoes, and the processing of technical textiles. In addition to these, exhibitors for product preparation, finishing, textile logistics, internal material flow and textile refinement, as well as providers of sewing solutions, will be there.


Huggies Awards Grants Through No Baby Unhugged Program

Hugging programs train volunteers to administer the soothing and healing power of touch to premature babies.

‘The Huggies No Baby Unhugged program’ is awarding seven $10,000 grants to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs in hospitals across the country. Hugging programs train volunteers to administer the soothing and healing power of touch to babies who are premature or medically fragile, with the goal of improving long-term health out- comes.“The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be a place of uncertainty, and parents may often feel overwhelmed by responsibilities outside of the hospital that keep them from being with their baby 24/7,” says Kristin Carnall of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. “Numerous studies show the positive benefits of holding, rocking and soothing on infant weight gain, stress reduction, improved sleep and future language development. We are incredibly grateful to have received the No Baby Unhugged grant to support our NICU families in providing a comfortable, encouraging, intentional space for parents to deliver skin-to-skin care to their infants.”

Since the No Baby Unhugged program was initiated in 2016, Huggies has awarded $250,000 in grants to 25 hospitals, allowing hospitals to invest in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers.

“We understand the power of hugs and gentle human touch for conveying safety, security and love to babies during this critical time in their development,” says Sara Young, general manager of the Huggies Brand. “Volunteer hugging programs are integral to supporting nurses, comforting parents and promoting healing and growth for babies. Huggies continues to be inspired by these hospitals’ dedication to the infants they treat and remains committed to providing resources to bolster hugging programs.”

 

OUTLOOK™ 2018 Signed as Most Successful Editon Ever

Over 500 key stakeholders gather for premier nonwoven personal care products and hygiene conference.

With 510 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries in attendance, OUTLOOK™, the primary conference for the nonwovens hygiene and personal care industry, was again confirmed as a key industry event for the sector, showcasing EDANA’s mission to support the growth and promote the sustainable development of the industry.

The conference examined new product developments, market trends, performance and safety testing and sustainability initiatives during the first two days, with the final day featuring an interactive workshop on building stakeholder trust. Feedback from participants throughout the event emphasised satisfaction with the mix and quality of expert content and the many opportunities to meet with industry peers. With the conference attracting participants from across the whole supply chain and around the globe, OUTLOOK™ again confirmed its position as a unique must-attend event for nonwoven professionals.

“One of the most successful OUTLOOK conferences I have experienced”

Mark Siebert of Berry Global said he found the event to be “one of the most successful OUTLOOK conferences I have experienced.  The record attendance and senior leader participation provided invaluable input on industry dynamics that will shape our participation for the next 5 years.”

The conference, the 17th edition of OUTLOOK™, opened with a keynote speech on EU circular economy and plastics strategies from Werner Bosmans, DG Environment, European Commission. This was followed with a session dedicated to circular economy and sustainability topics. Day 2 of the conference was opened by a presentation from Professor Samuele Furfari of the Free University of Brussels on the geopolitical challenges of the changing energy landscape. Delegates also heard from industry experts on market trends, technical innovations and multiple efforts to introduce further sustainable business practices in the nonwovens industry.

“This edition of OUTLOOK has again featured, as deliberately planned these last few years, a very topical programme, directly addressing the current challenges in our industry, “said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA. “Discussions on the circular economy strategy, transparency and trust in the supply chain were both thought-provoking and rewarding. It is very encouraging to witness the industry’s increasing readiness to engage in these topics and for EDANA to facilitate constructive dialogue on both strategic and practical solutions. I was also very enthused by the insight of significant industry players on key trends and some very exciting technical innovations in our sector.”

 

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.

Textile innovations ‘made in Germany’ in demand in the USA

Back to the USA: ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made a guest appearance at Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas in Atlanta for the second time from 22 to 24 May 2018. At the special exhibition organised by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry a total of 66 companies presented technical textiles, nonwovens, textile-processing machines, smart textiles and textile-research projects to the trade visitors.

The textile sector made its first appearance in the USA in 2000. This was followed by highly successful presentations in Shanghai in 2002, in Mumbai in 2007 and in Moscow in 2012.

“Taking ‘High-Tex from Germany” to Atlanta again was a very good

decision. The southeast of the USA has a long tradition of textile

manufacturing. It is home to many companies that are always on the

lookout for innovative textiles and machines for textile production and

processing”, explained Detlev Rünger, German Consul General in

Atlanta during the ‘High-Tex from Germany’ press conference.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ Came Fully Up to Our Expectations

“High-Tex from Germany” within the framework of Techtextil North

America and Texprocess Americas was a very good platform for our

small to medium-sized companies. After Techtextil and Texprocess in

Frankfurt, these two events are the second-most important editions of

the trade-fair duo. ‘High-Tex from Germany’ came fully up to our

expectations and anyone who failed to take part missed a great

opportunity to be noticed”, said Marc Lorch, Member of the Board of

Zwissler Holding, who represented the participating companies as

exhibitor president.

Michael Metzler, Sales President of ZSK Stickmaschinen, confirmed this

saying, “A German pavilion of this scope makes us extremely visible.

Thanks to the excellent organisation, we were also able to concentrate

on promoting our company and products.”

“We regularly exhibit at Techtextil North America but taking part in ‘High-Tex

for Germany’ resulted in our best ever day at a fair here. The pavilion is

a real eye-catcher”, said Thomas Wiederer, Area Sales Manager,

Brückner Textile Technologies. “The visitors to our exhibition stand were

very interested in our products. We gained potential customers and were

able to make numerous high-grade contacts. The level of interest shown

in our highly innovative e-textile solutions, which are completely new in

the sector, was very high. We are looking forward to the follow-up

phase”, said Andreas Lanyi, Vice President Digital Unit and Internet of

Things of the Hamburg-based start-up, Lunative Laboratories.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating contacts with our customers in the USA

Besides gaining new customers, the focus of the companies taking part

in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was on cultivating customer relations. “The

German pavilion in Atlanta once again gave us a good opportunity to get

to know the US market better. We have had a factory in the vicinity of

Atlanta for two years now and aim to expand our network in the long

term”, said Ronny Schröder, Associate Sales Director Technical and

Comfort Products, Sandler. “We like making presentations within the

framework of the German pavilion very much”, added Georg

Voggenreiter, Technical Sales, Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer. “Once

again, ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating

contacts with our customers in the USA.”

The companies taking part in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made their

presentations on around 1,300 square metres of exhibition space with

their own exhibition stands, with selected exhibits on a central ‘Plaza’, in

guided tours and no less than 35 lectures.

 

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.”

Textile innovations ‘made in Germany’ in demand in the USA

Back to the USA: ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made a guest appearance at Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas in Atlanta for the second time from 22 to 24 May 2018. At the special exhibition organised by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry a total of 66 companies presented technical textiles, nonwovens, textile-processing machines, smart textiles and textile-research projects to the trade visitors.

The textile sector made its first appearance in the USA in 2000. This was followed by highly successful presentations in Shanghai in 2002, in Mumbai in 2007 and in Moscow in 2012.

“Taking ‘High-Tex from Germany” to Atlanta again was a very good decision. The southeast of the USA has a long tradition of textile manufacturing. It is home to many companies that are always on the lookout for innovative textiles and machines for textile production and processing”, explained Detlev Rünger, German Consul General in Atlanta during the ‘High-Tex from Germany’ press conference.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ Came Fully Up to Our Expectations

“High-Tex from Germany” within the framework of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas was a very good platform for our small to medium-sized companies. After Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt, these two events are the second-most important editions of the trade-fair duo. ‘High-Tex from Germany’ came fully up to our expectations and anyone who failed to take part missed a great opportunity to be noticed”, said Marc Lorch, Member of the Board of Zwissler Holding, who represented the participating companies as exhibitor president.

Michael Metzler, Sales President of ZSK Stickmaschinen, confirmed this saying, “A German pavilion of this scope makes us extremely visible. Thanks to the excellent organisation, we were also able to concentrate on promoting our company and products.”

“We regularly exhibit at Techtextil North America but taking part in ‘High-Tex for Germany’ resulted in our best ever day at a fair here. The pavilion is a real eye-catcher”, said Thomas Wiederer, Area Sales Manager, Brückner Textile Technologies. “The visitors to our exhibition stand were very interested in our products. We gained potential customers and were able to make numerous high-grade contacts. The level of interest shown in our highly innovative e-textile solutions, which are completely new in the sector, was very high. We are looking forward to the follow-up phase”, said Andreas Lanyi, Vice President Digital Unit and Internet of Things of the Hamburg-based start-up, Lunative Laboratories.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating contacts with our customers in the USA

Besides gaining new customers, the focus of the companies taking part in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was on cultivating customer relations. “The German pavilion in Atlanta once again gave us a good opportunity to get to know the US market better. We have had a factory in the vicinity of Atlanta for two years now and aim to expand our network in the long term”, said Ronny Schröder, Associate Sales Director Technical and Comfort Products, Sandler. “We like making presentations within the framework of the German pavilion very much”, added Georg Voggenreiter, Technical Sales, Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer. “Once again, ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating contacts with our customers in the USA.”

The companies taking part in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made their presentations on around 1,300 square metres of exhibition space with their own exhibition stands, with selected exhibits on a central ‘Plaza’, in guided tours and no less than 35 lectures.

Drawing Over 600 Attendees From Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets

The Hygienix conference Oct. 26-29, 2016 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort featured some of the world’s most notable thought leaders from organizations that are revolutionizing the absorbent hygiene and personal care industry. They spoke on Trends and Market Statistics, Incontinence Reimagined, Achieving Thin, Fit & Form, and Material & Technology Advancements.

Combining two conferences into one event for Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets proved to be a winning strategy for INDA with its successful debut of Hygienix, which drew over 600 industry professionals to St. Petersburg, Fla to advance their business in these areas.

“Hygienix exceeded our expectations for this new combined event,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “The positive response from the global hygiene and personal care markets validated our acquisition of insight to merge it with vision. The event provided attendees with valuable market intelligence, product insights, and face-to-face interactions that will undoubtedly help them advance their businesses.”

Among the highlights of Hygienix was the presentation of the Visionary Award® to Sienabena, LLC for BabyBackups™, a diaper extender made of superabsorbent materials that adheres to the existing diaper to contain baby diaper explosions. The other finalists for the award were: Always® Discreet Bladder Protection by Procter & Gamble and X-Top® Pouch for Men by McAirlaid’s.

The presentations showed the importance of the segment, which is the largest of 12 in the nonwovens industry accounting for more than 25 percent of nonwoven fabric volume. A key takeaway was the effect of the “Boomer Echo.” The U.S. is entering a

four-to-five-year period of record high births as Millennials start having babies in their 30s versus prior generations having them in their early 20s. Also, aging Baby Boomers are becoming bigger consumers of incontinence products where innovation is now quite strong.

Some of the key issues addressed at the conference included destigmatizing incontinence, odor control, fluffless cores, adhesive application techniques, and   sustainability in the hygiene market.

INDA said planning is now underway for the second edition of Hygienix October 24-26, 2016 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Fla.