Orion Engineered Carbons Announces Investment In Acetylene Carbon Black To Drive Technological Strength In Batteries And Other Premium Segments

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE:OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, announced on November 1, 2018, that it has reached an agreement to acquire Acetylene Carbon Black manufacturer Société du Noir d’Acétylène de l’Aubette, SAS [SN2A] from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. SN2A was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, near Marseille, France.

Acetylene Black is an ultra-pure premium Specialty Carbon Black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material.

“SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. With this platform we are going to significantly strengthen our capabilities in the lithium-ion battery market and broaden our position in other attractive markets,” said Corning F. Painter, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Engineered Carbons. “This bolt-on acquisition is a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on Specialty Carbon Blacks. We look forward to welcoming the SN2A team to Orion and bringing Acetylene Black into our portfolio.”

The agreement with LyondellBasell includes provisions for a secured long-term feedstock supply. Orion plans to strengthen production capabilities at the Berre l’Etang facility.

The transaction closed on October 31, 2018.

About Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC) Orion is a worldwide supplier of Carbon Black. We produce a broad range of Carbon Blacks that include high-performance Specialty Gas Blacks, Furnace Blacks, Lamp Blacks, Thermal Blacks and other Carbon Blacks that tint, colorize and enhance the performance of polymers, plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, textile fibers, adhesives and sealants, tires, and mechanical rubber goods such as automotive belts and hoses. Orion runs 13 global production sites and four Applied Technology Centers. The group has approximately 1,409 employees worldwide. For more information visit our website www.orioncarbons.com.

Oerlikon to Cooperate with Shaoyang

Oerlikons business unit Nonwoven will cooperate with the Chinese machine and plant manufacturer Shaoyang Textile Machinery for nonwoven solutions in the hygiene market.

The aim of both cooperation partners is to jointly advance the international sales of Spunmelt lines for hygiene applications in the field of disposable nonwovens outside China. Oerlikons business unit Nonwoven will be responsible for the entire project in the future. To this end, the Neumünster-based company will contribute its know-how in plant engineering to the partnership.

Additionally, Oerlikon acquires the CE certifications of all exported Shaoyang Spunmelt lines. Oerlikon will also be responsible for product and process guarantees and will provide worldwide customer services outside China. Shaoyang Textile Machinery, on the other hand, supplies the Spunmelt plant technologies. “With Shaoyang Textile Machinery, we have found a renowned Chinese plant manufacturer with extensive know-how in the construction of Spunmelt plants for hygiene applications, which achieves international standards with its nonwoven qualities,” explains Oerlikon Manmade Fiber Segment CEO Georg Stausberg.

Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikons Nonwoven Business Unit, adds: “The partnership enables us to gain a foothold in the highly competitive hygiene market. Our many years of engineering experience guarantee our customers production lines according to international standards for high-quality nonwovens”.

 

New Solutions for Nonwoven and Finishing Technologies from Andritz

International technology Group Andritz presented its innovative nonwovens and textile finishing technologies for the Asian markets at the ITMA Asia + Citme 2018 Fair.

In response to market demands, Andritz has yet again raised the bar for turnkey and customized solutions for drylaid, spunjet, thermobonding, and wetlaid, as well as for conversion of absorbent hygiene products. Andritz offers unique technologies tailored to each customer’s individual needs.

Andritz Air-Through Bonding Technology – A New Solution For The Hygiene Market

Air-through bonding lines are the preferred choice for producing nonwovens with the best quality of  softness and bulk for acquisition and distribution layers, top sheets, and back-sheet products. With Andritz carding machines and the new flat belt oven, customers benefit from high production capacities and high-performance fabrics from 16 to 80 gsm, produced with bicomponent fibers. Several Chinese customers have already invested in Andritz aXcess carding machines, which provide perfect web uniformity. In addition, the CETI (European Center for Innovative Textiles) in Lille, France, has recently installed an air-through bonding oven from Andritz. Customers can compare the technical results obtained from two different options: bonding with the flat belt oven or with the drum (both supplied by Andritz). If customers would like to see the new solution for themselves, they are most welcome to conduct trials at the CETI (European Center for Innovative Textiles) in Lille, France.

Full Drylaid Processes Offer With The Andritz Axcess Range

Thanks to its aXcess portfolio, Andritz offers the full range of drylaid processes for medium production capacities. During the past few months, Chinese spunlace producers have invested in several aXcess lines with direct-line and crosslapped configurations manufactured by Andritz Wuxi. This booming market goes hand in hand with new trends such as the development of the facemask industry and continues to be driven by the growth of wipes applications.

In the medium-capacity needlepunch area, Andritz signed a cooperation agreement in 2017 with ShanTou SanFai Nonwoven Machinery, a leading supplier of needlelooms in China. This cooperation fits together perfectly, uniting the advantages of proven technologies and providing reliable solutions for a wide range of applications in the needlepunch industry. The Andritz aXcess range for web forming and SanFai’s needlelooms offer a big advantage in terms of investment security, innovation, and quality, and this combination also meets the increasing demands of a strong, growing market.

To better serve the local market, Andritz Wuxi focuses on in- creasing efficiency and shortening delivery time – from project management and design, to service work.

New Development In Textile Calendering

With the latest development in textile calendering, Andritz in co-operation with Rolf Ramisch, who has over 45 years of experience in this specific business and commands excellent expertise in deflection-controlled roll technology, is again raising the bar for the textile calender market.

The new teXcal raconip calender is versatile, operator friendly, and provides IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) features for a smart production process. Sensors on the machine collect and archive all machine data and send them to a monitoring system. This intelligent production equipment offers a transparent and optimized process as well as a forecast for maintenance planning. In addition, the calender includes an optimized, deflection-controlled roll with unrestricted profiling possibilities over the entire roll width.

This ensures maximum production flexibility and reproducible product properties – e.g. absolute flatness and ideal air permeability for technical textiles.

Dilo: Lines for Artificial Leather, Geotextiles and Hygiene Articles

DiloGroup delivers complete lines for the production of needled staple fibre nonwovens. In its 116 years of history, Dilo has always set new standards. Innovative technologies such as DI-LOOP, DI-LOUR and Hyperpunch have opened new markets and contributed to their growth.

To further develop the Asian market, Dilo has opened a subsidiary in India near New Delhi. This enables a closer relationship to customers as well as faster support for sales and service.

DiloGroup delivers complete lines for the production of needled staple fibre nonwovens. In its 116 years of history, Dilo has always set new standards. Innovative technologies such as DI-LOOP, DI-LOUR and Hyperpunch have opened new markets and contributed to their growth. Current developments offer custom-made lines which do not only increase capacity but also fulfill endproduct property requirements.

Hyperlayer

The production of very light-weight hygiene products on water-entanglement lines requires a high web quality and a low area weight. At the same time, the Asian market requires a balanced MD/CD strength ratio. To realize high productivity with these demands, Dilo has resumed and revised the principle of the camel-back crosslapper. The kinematic solution of the Hyperlayer lays down the web gently and precisely even with a small number of layers.

As the web is guided through the complete laydown process on both sides, highest production speeds (web infeed speeds up to 200 m/min), precise edges and a minimum of draft can be realized depending on the fibres used.

Compact line, carbon recycling

A positive trend to lightweight construction in recent years has led to the substitution of metal structures by carbon composites in large quantities. With its new compact line, Dilo has contributed significantly to the recycling of composites. Recycled carbon staple fibres are reprocessed into felt and can then be further converted to new structural elements. In contrast to most staple fibres, carbon fibres have characteristics (smooth surface, no crimp, low cross strength) which require adaption of web forming within the carding machine. Withits compact card (DCL) Dilo has met these challenges and introduced a stable web forming process. The compact line also meets the requirements for a production of small quantities of needle felts made from other high quality special fibres like ceramics or PTFE. Dilo presented the compact line first in 2015. It is now in use in industry and research. With a card working width of 1.1 m and a layering width of 2.2 m, it requires a floor space of only 60 m².

Hypertex

Nonwoven filter media consist of a sandwich structure which combines the filtration characteristics of felts with the high strength of yarns or filaments. The HyperTex process allows the production of reinforced felts online and eliminates an additional stage for producing the scrim. In the HyperTex process Dilo combines a scrim fabric machine of Messrs. OnTec with a Hyperpunch needleloom. The structure derives its strength from needling scrim, upper and bottom felt together. Very high production speeds up to 40 m/min can be reached. Infinitely variable mesh sizes in the scrim and a wide variety of different reinforcing yarns offer a great flexibility to the customer. The high efficiency in regard to fibre and energy consumption and the low space re- quirement are further significant advantages of this technology.

Starlinger: Recycling Specialist in Research Project for the Separation of Mixed Textile Waste

Within the textile network PlasTexTron©, Starlinger recycling technology is searching for an ecologically and economically sound solution for the recycling of mixed textile waste of multi-material composition. Three universities and eight Austrian companies are involved in the COIN-project TEX2MAT, which is led by the Plastics Cluster of ecoplus, the business agency of Lower Austria, and funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW).

The project TEX2MAT addresses the recycling of different kinds of old textiles that consist of a mixture of polyester and cotton. The first step is the enzymatic separation of polyester and cotton in a procedure developed by the Viennese University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences; after appropriate reprocessing, the materials are reused in new products. The input material is supplied by the com- panies Herka Frottier, Salesianer Miettex and Huyck.Wangner Austria (Xerium Group), which are all located in Lower Austria. Starlinger recycling technology – a business unit of Starlinger which manufac- tures recycling lines and has already developed solutions for closed loop production in the field of polyester textiles – provides recycling services and expertise for the project. To achieve an optimal result, regular controls of the material properties are performed by the University of Leoben.

The project partners are working on specific case studies:

  • Mixtures of polyester and cotton from the production of towels as well as old textiles in the form of bed linens and working clothes are shredded by Starlinger recycling technology in Weissenbach and then undergo enzymatic treatment at the Technical University of The goal is to develop a sample process for closed loop production.
  • Technical nonwovens made of polyamides are shredded and turned into regranulate by Starlinger recycling technology; Thermoplastkreislauf GmbH then adds substances such as glass fibers, additives and/ or colors as needed (a process commonly known as compounding). The companies Multiplast Kunststoffverarbeitung and Fildan use this customized material in the production of highly technical plastic parts such as components for fire extinguishers or bra

The project TEX2MAT started in November 2017 and will be running over the course of two years. The project partners meet in regular intervals to align the individual steps and discuss the overall progress.

 

ANDRITZ and BCNonwovens celebrate successful long-term partnership

International technology Group ANDRITZ and BCNonwovens, Spain, have been working together successfully as business partners for the past 15 years. This cooperation started in early 2003 right after BCNonwovens was founded.

By offering state-of-the-art technology, including tests and trial runs at ANDRITZ’s technical center, and providing comprehensive expert know-how, ANDRITZ has supported and helped the family-owned company BCNonwovens to become one of the leading producers of spunlace fabrics for the wipes market as well as for medical and industrial applications.

BCNonwovens is now running two ANDRITZ spunlace lines successfully, producing high-quality products that are sold globally. To cope with the demand for higher productivity and product quality as well as for lighter products and patterned webs, BCNonwovens’ R&D team and ANDRITZ process engineers were able to retrofit the existing lines to bring products up to the standard currently requested by the markets. Sergio Rosales, R&D Director of BCNonwovens says: “Thanks to ANDRITZ, we have been able to test the latest innovations available on the market and adapt them to our production lines.” As BCNonwovens has always been commited to responsible and sustainable production, the company has installed ANDRITZ’s proven neXecodry system, thus achieving a significant reduction in consumption of water and gas.

Didier Vulliet, General Director of ANDRITZ Perfojet, says: “For years we have been building a strong partnership with BCNonwovens. They used our ANDRITZ spunlace pilot line for validation of new products or implementation of new fibers, and we were able to test new developments under industrial conditions.”

ANDRITZ is accompanying BCNonwovens in the development of new products with new fibers and features that are increasingly innovative or meet the demands of converters with ever more relevant end-products. Miguel Vinas Pich, CEO of BCNonwovens, concludes: “ANDRITZ has been supporting us for years in our development, which has been allowing us to offer our customers some of the most competitive and highest quality products in the world.”

Packaging Methods Threaten Human Life

People who work with food packaging feel tied down by all the regulations and standards that exist to guarantee safety. However, the regulations for packaging medical technology (“medtech”) products are equally complex. These products must be manufactured in a sterile environment and then transported all the way into an operating room without risking contamination. Otherwise, people’s very lives could be in danger.

One of the most important requirements is that the packaging solution can successfully deliver the product – which might be an implant or surgical equipment – into the operating room. To ensure this, numerous standards place demands on the packaging material’s permeability, that it can withstand the sterilisation process, that its closures are durable, that the materials do not allow microorganisms to pass through them, and much, much more. All these requirements must not only be met, they must also be documented with the support of statistically significant data. The natural explanation for why medtech packaging regulations are so stringent is partly that people’s lives can be at risk. Another reason is that the product itself is of high value, especially if its underlying R&D costs are included in the calculations. Last but not least, huge costs could result if something goes wrong – if a product’s packaging is inadequate the manufacturer may have to do a major recall and could also be held responsible for non-delivery.

“I’ve seen examples where a med- ical implant is packed in a sealable bag made of a plastic material, put inside an outer packaging made of paperboard, and then put inside a transport packaging made of cardboard,” says Ian Huskinson, Technical Service Manager at Iggesund Paperboard. “Then the transport packages are stacked onto a pallet and secured with shrink wrap. The whole pallet is then loaded into a sterilisation chamber and sterilised.” Supplying material for use in medtech packaging can also involve demands that rarely occur in other industries. Because all input materials must go through extensive and thereby costly qualification and validation processes, subsequently altering or replacing them is strongly discouraged.

“Sometimes we must commit to not making any changes to the product’s composition for a number of years into the future. That might mean we have to abstain from improving a product even though we could do so – but that’s the price of being considered as a supplier to the medtech market,” Ian Huskinson emphasises. “One of our foremost assets in this context, in addition to the purity and hygiene that are associated with using virgin fibre, is our strong focus on product consistency,” he adds.

Both of Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard brands, Invercote and Incada, are used in a number of medtech applications.

Suominen Introduces Intelligent Nonwovens™, Products Utilizing Artificial Intelligence

Suominen, a globally leading nonwovens company, is taking a concrete step in its Changemaker strategy and introducing Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™ concept to the market. First of its kind in the world of nonwo- vens, the concept makes it possible to embed digital features into Suominen nonwovens.

For example, with Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™, product traceability and product safety can be taken to a new level. It also provides brands with a new kind of sophisticated marketing tool. These are only some examples of opportunities the concept offers.

The concept stems from Suominen’s research and development projects that have already led to the launch of High Definition Design Series, a revolutionary pattern selection for nonwovens. Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™ concept adds a unique technical capability into the mix and combines artificial intelligence with extremely high definition patterning. With Suominen Intelligent Nonwovens™, all kinds of digital features can be embedded into the substrate without deteriorating other functionalities or aesthetic appearance of nonwovens.

When asked about concrete enduse examples, Markku Koivisto, Chief Technology Officer of Suominen, explained: “For instance, if  a consumer would want to know the origin of the raw materials of the wipe he just purchased, he could retrieve the data by just scanning the wipe with his smartphone. If a wet wipes manufacturer notices a flaw in a wipe and wants to track the origin of the nonwoven, that could be done again quickly with a smartphone. It can be applied to virtually any application.”

Aksa Akrilik Introduces 4 New Brands to Customers

Founded in 1968 as an affiliate under Akkök Holding in Yalova to meet Turkey’s need for acrylic fibers, Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş. is among the world’s leading producers of acrylic fiber. Brings together four new brands with its customers, the company supplies textile and technical textile raw materials in a wide range of areas.

Becoming the world’s largest acrylic fiber manufacturer with its investments and innovations, Aksa is now one of the world leaders with its 300 customers in more than 50 countries on 5 continents. With more than 1,200 employees, 502 thousand square meters and 315,000 tons/year capacity Aksa remains to be the world’s largest and Turkey’s only acrylic fiber manufacturer.

Increasing its new and special product portfolio every year and starting production of outdoor fibers in 2001 as well as textile fibers, Aksa is now strenghtening its reputation in technical fibers with its flock tow, homopolymer and filament yarn products.

Acrylic fiber to reach where it deserves with four new brands  Aksa Akrilik continues to grow, taking into account the needs of its customers. Company aims to make a new vision for acrylic fiber and bring acrylic fiber where it deserves with its new brands –Acryluna, Acrysole, Acryterna and Acrylusion. Aksa Akrilik focuses solely on quality and customer expectations with its new brand approach.

Acryluna: Textile fiber products produced with superior technology from tricot, socks, sportswear and children’s clothing, to blankets and upholstery fabrics make their warmth felt everywhere with naturality of wool.

Acrysole: Protecting its color as it was on its first day with its resistance to weather conditions in outdoor applications, it eliminates the wear and mold.

Acryterna: It symbolizes eco-friendliness of Aksa technology in industrial use with its high heat resistance and superior working performance.

Acrylusion: The pigment-dyed acrylic filament yarn developed by Aksa makes a difference in carpets with vibrant colors and a silky touch.

 

SASA, will Contribute to Employment with 1 Billion Dollars Investment

SASA, which produces petro-chemistry and fiber-type chemicals in Adana and exports to 45 countries, will contribute to the increase of employment and reduction of the country’s current account deficit through two projects with a total of $ 1 billion including 250 million dollars encouragement.

Utilizing the Project-Based Incentive System, which was approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and published in the Official Gazette, SASA accelerated its investments supported by its own resources. SASA General Manager Mehmet Şeker, has stated that they are the largest fiber manufacturer of Turkey.

Stating that they are always trying to contribute to the economy by making new investments Şeker said that the construction of the new polymer and fiber facilities is continuing. Mehmet Şeker stated that the new investments were halved in the construction works, and that the fiber and polymer part will be in operation from 1 January and the POY part will be put into service in the sixth month of next year.

10 Billion Dollars investment target
Şeker, the biggest investments will be PTA plant, specifying the following said: “We’ve even identified what technology to build in this facility. Our only problem is a land, because we need a very large space. We need to have a seashore, we need to use sea water for cooling. We plan to put the this facility into practice the 2026 at the latest. This $ 10 billion investment, will seriously contribute to Turkey’s current account deficit and unemployment.”