EcoWipes Invests in Voith-Trützschler’s WLS Technology

EcoWipes, a very young (est.2009) and innovative company, that has become a leading manufacturer and converter of private label products for the hydro-entangled nonwoven segment, has now already ordered its third nonwovens production line.

EcoWipes has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability and intensively monitors local and global market trends. In view of the rising consumer interest in biodegradable materials, EcoWipes opt for partners Trützschler Nonwovens and Voith to supply the new production line. The progressive and sustainable WLS (wet-laid spunlacing) concept developed by the two companies for manufacturing wet-laid hydroentangled nonwovens is a perfect fit for the EcoWipes product range. It is ideally suited for producing flushable wipes but also recyclable and biodegradable products. These materials meet consumer preferences for greater sustainability at the end of the product cycle. The sale of this fifth WLS facility is testimony to the successful collaboration between Trützschler Nonwovens and Voith as established technology leaders in the wet-laid hydroentangled nonwoven segment.

The new production line at EcoWipes is a flexible wet-dry nonwoven facility. Voith is supplying the HydroFormer, one of the main components of the new line. The HydroFormer concept builds on Voith’s long experience in the paper and pulp industry. With HydroFormer technology the suspension is highly diluted, so nonwovens can be produced entirely from cellulose, a renewable and cost-effective raw material.

Trützschler Nonwovens is not just responsible for the hydroentangling, drying and reeling up, but will also supply its latest high-speed card. This flexible configuration enables EcoWipes to produce a broad product range of wet-laid/spunlaced or carded/spunlaced nonwovens.

Drylock Technologies Acquired Two Leading Producers, Capricho and Mardam

Drylock Technologies, headquartered in Zele Belgium, has agreed to simultaneously acquire two competing Brazilian personal care companies, Mardam and Capricho. Both Mardam and Capricho companies have their headquarters and operations in the São Paulo region of Brazil – the largest metropolitan consumer market of Latin America.

The management teams of both Mardam and Capricho will jointly manage and expand the combined business under the Drylock name, and where Drylock will be the 100% shareholder of the new Brazilian companies.

Brazil is the world’s 4th largest baby care market with annualized baby diaper and pant sales of 1.7 billion EUR. The Brazilian adult care market is currently 450 million EUR. Drylock Brazil will have combined annualized sales of 100 million EUR and will represent 7% market share in the baby segment and 8% market share in the adult care segment.

Both Mardam and Capricho have demonstrated sustained growth in the Brazilian retail market primarily driven behind their own company brands, as well as private label initiatives within the South East of Brazil. Operationally both Mardam and Capricho have well invested production sites that have been managed to world class standards whilst both running as family owned companies. Drylock will continue this tradition of both Mardam and Capricho being family owned companies – but will bring a new innovation and category expansion agenda to the Brazilian market and the brands and customers of Drylock Brazil.

Drylock currently has sales in both the baby and adult category in all major South American markets and sees the acquisition of two major local Brazilian companies as a natural next step for the company’s development. Given the strong presence of modern retail formats in both Brazil and Latin America, and the longterm growth potential of private label within the personal care segment across the region, Drylock sees Latin America as an important part of the company growth strategy.

Bart Van Malderen, CEO and Chairman of Drylock Technologies on completion of this fourth and fifth acquisition of Drylock said ‘’It is great to join forces with the two families of Mardam and Capricho, to have the opportunity to bring Drylock innovation and passion for the customer to Brazil as well as the broader Latin American market in support of expanding Drylock’s global footprint as an innovative leading global player in the personal care industry”.

Bruno Dametto, on behalf of the Mardam company said ‘’Working with both Drylock and Capricho now creates a new long term player in the Brazilian personal care market – this is good news for our customers who we will be able to serve even better than before with innovation developments and range expansions. This is very exciting for our customers, and our employees‘’.

Dirceu Forti Filho, on behalf of the Capricho company said ‘’The opportunity is great for both Capricho and Mardam – building a stronger team to compete in the market whilst making use of the Drylock passion to innovate for our customers both with our current branded platforms as well as private label’’.

Drylock Technologies: Plans consolidated revenues for 2018 of more than €400 million.

Drylock employs, post-acquisition, over 2000 people and has its headquarters in Zele Belgium and production sites in Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, USA and now Brazil. Drylock is specialized in the supply of private label in baby diaper, feminine care and adult incontinence to retailers and distributors. Drylock’s baby brand is Magics, femcare brand are Vivi and Ciao Lady, and adult brands are Dailee and Presto.

Mardam Employs 400 people

Mardam is headquartered in Poá, São Paulo, Brazil. It employs 400 people. The executive leadership team are Bruno Dametto, Lucas Dametto and Ibere Dametto. Mardam was founded as a company in 1997. Mardam brands include Evolution, Baby Willy and Smilinguido Baby.

Capricho: 43 Years of Experience

Capricho is headquartered in Capivari, São Paulo State, Brazil. It employs 400 people. The CEO of Capricho is Dirceu Forti Filho. Capricho was founded as a baby care company in 1975. Capricho brands include amongst others Bummis, Enxutita, Vic, Sensaty and the licensed Lion King, Snoopy, Pica Pau and Garfield Baby.

With Epson Labelers, Akbarkod Will Print Labels in Any Color for Users

Signed an agreement with Epson Turkey, Akbarkod will provide a technology for users the Epson labelers which enable printing in any color. The company will host its visitors at Hall 9, Booth 903A at the HIGHTEX 2018 Exhibition.

Provides solutions in the fields of barcodes and labels in many industries such as readymade clothing, footwear, chemistry, medical, cosmetics and retail, and at the same time providing hardware and technical services, Akbarkod strengthened its position within a short time and became one of the most important companies in the industry today. Caner Şahin, Sales Manager who answered our questions about the solutions offered by Akbarkod, told us about the constituents which have been effective in the company’s success. Caner Şahin stated that they were established as a 3-partner company in 2011 and today they continue growing with a momentum since the start of the year, enjoying the advantages of ready-made customer portfolio, inventories and participation in exhibitions. “We knew what to do when we started this work,” Şahin said, “we knew the industry closely as we are also from within. After establishing our brand with a new enthusiasm with the Akbarkod name, we quickly expanded our team. We have invested in domestic and foreign exhibitions and now I can say that we are among the best companies in the industry today. ”

Şahin says the most important feature distinguishing them from their competitors is to focus solely on this work, noting that they have meticulously carried out all the processes with their 24-person team from delivery to technical support. Şahin said “Our job seems to be easy, but actually there is a difficult process running behind. You can find all of the products we sell in a stationary in a back alley, in a store that sells textile consumables. Unfortunately, this is where the market is coming at. But our difference is we are doing only this. We do not sell textiles or stationery products. Our team is totally focused on that and for 5 years now we are trying to do it in the best way we can. So far, we have been successful at it.”

Complete Central Solutions for Customers

Emphasizing that as Akbarkod they focus on offering complete central solutions for their customers, Şahin says “While we sell both hardware products and consumables, we provide technical support on all materials we sell at the same time. We also came to where we are today by including the software in our body upon demands.”

Caner Şahin also gives information about the product range of Akbarkod. “We also sell and provide technical support for products such as barcode printers, barcode readers, hand terminals. We sell consumables, especially for the textile sector, and labeling fabrics such as Japanese viscose, satin, nonwoven, coton, tyvek as well as ribbons like B110A, D110A, Wax and Wax/Resin for printing. At the same time, we offer for our customers barcode labels used in many industries.”

Textile companies accounting for about 70 percent of its customer portfolio, Mr. Şahin says they are working with Turkey’s leading textile manufacturers like Eren Holding, Batik, Koton, and Taha Group.

Significant Cooperation with Epson Turkey

Continuing to bring innovations for customers in the barcode systems which they offer for food, shoes, retail and other sectors, Şahin says “We are able to give our customers what they want by using our manufacturing advantage in the field of labels. The most important factor in this is to be in the manufacturing process. In this regard, we recently signed an agreement with Epson Turkey. With Epson labelers, we will offer a technology which enables users to print their desired label in color. People are now tired of single color labels. Now they want colorful products. When they look in a product box, they want to see the product in color on the label. With Epson Turkey, we will try to achieve this.”

Finally, in response to questions on Akbarkod’s growth targets, Şahin said, “We were established as a sales company. Then we included manufacturing and software in our organization. Now we have a steady growth chart. We are a company which attaches a great importance in exhibitions every year. We care about development and growth of our team and we also make investments in this sense. With our software team and our agreement with Epson Turkey, we aim to provide better and more complex services. Our objective is to provide more services for the end users. We believe that we will achieve this with the infrastructure we have.”

Reminding that HIGHTEX is a very important exhibition for them, Caner Şahin said, “HIGHTEX is very important for our company to build cooperations. As in previous years, we will have be in the HIGHTEX Exhibition this year with our barcode and label solutions.”

Thies Celebrates 125th Birthday!

Thies, who put his signature on many techniques used in the textile world today, especially the pressure vessels, left 125 years behind…

The birthplace and headquarters of the Thies Group is the old Hanseatic city of Coesfeld in Münsterland, Westphalia. A traditional textiles area, Münsterland is the birthplace of, and home to, a number of reputed businesses engaged in this sector. Thies lives out this tradition, supplying textile machines across the globe from Coesfeld since 1892.

Bernhard Thies founded Thies Company in 1892. As a chemist, he searched for techniques to mechanically support dyeing procedures. Just two years later, he obtained the first machinery patent from the German Imperial Patent Office. Following his death in 1922, his four sons assumed charge of the business. Initially, they sold their yarn dyeing machines on the domestic market, but the corner-stone for a solid export business was laid as early as in 1926, when preliminary major successes were scored abroad. Today, Thies is a textile leader with the export ratio stands at over 90%.

The patent for and the following construction of the first pressure vessel in 1929 made it possible, going forward, to carry out high-temperature dyeing operations, and this set new benchmarks for the entire sector. Once the Second World War ended, Alfred Thies as the third generation, engaged in the business. In those days, significant milestone were achieved with the development of the pressure dryer, which is integral to yarn dyeing to this day and the start of manufacturing piece dyeing machines.

The years that followed saw the development of a network of global sales and service units, put in place to support customers in an even bet- ter way at the local level. Today, Thies has support centers in Bulgaria, China, France, India, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA.
In the late 1980s, Erich and Klaus Thies intensified business links with the Polish supplier Dofama and the Slovenian machine engineering company Alchrom. Both partners have been wholly integrated within the group of companies since 2007.

In 2015 the company shares were transferred to the fifth generation in charge. Profoundly committed to the enterprise’s heritage, this fifth generation endeavor to preserve the long-standing corporate philoso- phy and to pass it on in a sustainable manner…

We Visited DiloGroup in Germany

After our previous meetings with DiloGroup firstly at Index 2017 Exhibition in April and following at TechTextile 2017 Trade Fair in May, now we visited them in their headquarters in Germany.

As Nonwoven Technical Textiles Technology Magazine, we visited DiloGroup, one of our most important business partners, in their headquarters in Germany. DiloGroup, which we are hosting with their news and advertisements from the rst issue of Nonwoven Technical Textiles Technology to this day, is one of the most impor- tant participants of every exhibition that we have realized until now, from the first HIGHTEX Trade Fair held in 2005.
In this respect, we have held a very productive meeting with DiloGroup within our courtesy visits to Germany. We talked with Dominik Foshag, the Sales Manager of DiloGroup and Sefa Aksay, Responsible for Turkey operations. Foshag said that, thanks to the HIGHTEX Exhibition, they are expanding their market shares and introducing their products to the customers more quickly and pointed out that Turkey is one of the leading countries that they export. Continuing his words, Foshag stated that their participation to the HIGHTEX Exhibition will last for many years and emphasized that they have achieved promotion and sales targets at every exhi- bition they have attended until now. DiloGroup, who offers tailor- made production lines from one supplier for almost all applications with its units DiloSpinnbau, DiloTemafa, DiloMachines and DiloSystems, continues its sales success in Turkey and in the world.

Two new Nonwoven lines from DiloGroup to Hassan and Merkas!
DiloGroup has sold two Nonwoven lines to Merkas and Hassan Textiles, subsidiaries of Hassan Group. First order, with delivery date of February 2018, is a complete installation consisting of fibre preparation, card feeding MultiFeed and a wide working width card, will be delivered to Merkas company operating in the hygiene sector. With the help of this new production line, Merkas will increase both production capacity and product range.
DiloGroup will make its second delivery to Hassan Textiles, whose producing Nonwovens which are used e. g. in the auto- motives etc., as wipes, insulation products and geotextiles. This line, which has been scheduled for March 2018, consists of opening and blending equipment, a MultiFeed card feeder, MultiCard and lap drafter, DLS crosslapper and highspeed Hyperpunch needle looms in large working width.

Foss Floors orders complete needle punch line from Dilo
DiloGroup, continuing its sales activities in Turkey as well as its global scale, has recently completed a contract with Foss Floors to supply a needle punch line. The line is suitable for the pro- duction of floor covering felts, and includes a state of the art DiloTemafa opening and blending line, DiloSpinnbau MC 3-5 carding machine 3 meter wide, DiloMachines crosslapper DLBS 30/50 with CV1 system, two needlelooms DI-LOOM series together with an integrated process control system DILO-PCS. DiloGroup is the leading supplier for complete needling lines for any type of staple fibre covering a wide range of applica- tions. Currently over 330 complete lines have been supplied worldwide.

Best-in-Class Weaving Innovations From Itema

Itema, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of weaving machines, spare parts and service providers, exhibited its latest generation products at Techtextil India from September 13th to 15th at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Itema is registering an upward trend in inquiries for advanced weaving machines from weavers of technical fabrics and the Italian technology major – with over 180 years of combined expertise from the merger of three historic brands, such as Sulzer, Somet and Vamatex – expects that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Itema is present in India since 2002, counting more than 50 employees, with sales and after-sales teams, technical support and advanced repair centers in Mumbai, Coimbatore, New Dehli and Ichalkaranji to ensure the highest possible standard of weaving solutions, with a complete offering and service to its valuable Customers in the Indian market. Itema is uniquely positioned to offer technical textile manufacturers the top three weft insertion technologies Rapier, Airjet and Projectile, in what is the most comprehensive portfolio on the market today for technical applications to weave the widest range of fabrics. The rapier R9500 loom is by far the most suc- cessful rapier loom in recent history. The continuous roll-out of customized special versions tailored for technical applications, including OPW Airbag, Fiber Glass, Bolting Cloth, among others, the wide weaving width up to 540 cm, as well as new and advanced devices make the R9500 by Itema the perfect machine for the manufacture of the full range of technical textiles, including ones with the finest monofilament yarn, multilament yarn with high tenacity, and multiple pick insertion fabrics.
The airjet A9500 – the most innovative airjet weaving machine in the market – inspires the curiosity and sparks the interest from real technology buffs and has already amassed important refer- ences, especially in medical applications and automotive fabrics. Looking at specific technical applications, the Itema airjet A9500 provides undeniable benefits, matching unparalleled performances and the highest productivity with superior textile efficien- cy. The Itema A9500 is pre-set for independent motorized Jacquard with no cardan shaft, allowing to weave specific tech- nical textiles (such as Airbag OPW) with no speed limitations. When it comes to weaving very high density fabrics, the A9500 is customized with dedicated devices to ensure best-in-class results. Key components are reinforced to ensure optimized machine control and reliability whilst Itema patented devices guarantee reduced consumption and superior textile efficiency. Technical fabrics are the specialty of the legendary and unique projectile P7300HP due to the unparalleled versatility and reliability of its weft insertion system. The unmatchable uniqueness of the positive weft transfer consists in the single insertion driven by the projectile, which catches the weft and carries it directly with no exchanges, providing unmatched efficiency.
The P7300HP continues to harness great interest from projectile weaving aficionados and represents an unbeaten and unbeatable benchmark for those looking to weave the very widest fab- rics – up to 655cm weaving width – and high-specialty materials, such as agrotextile, geotextile and carpet backing fabrics. When it comes to weaving tape yarns, the Itema projectile weaving machine provides the highest performance compared to all the other insertion technologies in the market.

Monforts: A Single Source Supplier For Sustainable Finishing

As energy costs continue to rise Monforts Vice President, Klaus Heinrichs, describes how solutions from Monforts are ‘bucking the trend’ with sustainable energy savings for finishing applications.

Monforts has a number of advanced technologies that can help mills who are finishing a diverse range of fabrics to achieve higher productivity and significant savings in both energy and raw materials. Most notably, the Eco Applicator soft coating unit as a replacement to conventional padder systems allows the very efficient application of finish coatings to fabrics via a highly sophisticated plc-con- trolled, so called ‘kiss’ roller system.
The unit itself does not actually save the energy, but by applying only the precise amount of moisture with functional finish, ensures the subsequent drying time is shorter – in some cases dramatically resulting in smaller dryer capacity.
In addition, the Eco Applicator is being made available for knitted fabrics, following the development of a guidance system specially- adapted to the needs of delicate knit treatments.
The Eco Applicator’s versatility allows mills to apply finishes to just one side of the fabric, or both, and even to apply separate finishes to each side or to specific areas of a fabric, for endless possibilities.

Eco Denim Line
Such savings extend to a wide range of fabrics, and while initially market-proven mainly on conventional woven fabrics, many major denim manufacturers are now reaping the benefits, with the Monforts Eco Denim concept.
The MonfortsThermo Stretch unit for the stretching and skewing of denim fabric under steam results in a much gentler treatment than was previously achievable.
This results in much less steam having to be applied. The larger fabric content of the Thermo Stretch unit in combination with the ‘double rubber’ twin compressive shrinking unit in minimum residual shrinkage values and highest production speeds which could not be achieved before.
In the denim industry, this concept is making a significant contribution to higher productivity and lower energy consumption and we now have references in Vietnam and Mexico.

Monforts texCoat
The recent acquisition of Austria-based Timatec and the integration of its range into the Monforts portfolio has further strengthened the company’s position in respect of coating technology. Nowadays we are the only manufacturer that can offer a completely integrated coating lines from a single source and the coating machine is tailored to the subsequent Monforts drying technology by offering a complete coating line from a single source – with all the benefits resulting from a fully integrated plc control.
Our system has the shortest fabric path from the coating unit into the stenter and we have all variations of coating application systems too, such as knife over air, knife over roller, magnetic knife or printing head. All of these options are available in wider widths too,wider widths too, with the engineering from a single source. I think that is a big advantage. Due to its structure, former Timatec units were only sold machines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Today we have new references in Turkey, Mexico, India, Pakistan and other markets.”
Eco Booster
The benefits of heat recovery are now being recognised globally. In the past, demand for heat recovery was mainly confined to Europe but this has now expanded to encompass all regions of the world. We are experiencing a high demand in countries such as China and Turkey, but also in countries where we never expected the issue to arise, such as in Algeria and Bangladesh.
Our Eco Booster heat recovery unit was initially offered as a machine which had to be cleaned manually, but is now fully automatic, putting an end to maintenance downtime.
A large denim producer in Turkey has recently installed five of these Eco Booster units which combine heat recovery with exhaust clean- ing as a fully integrated system.
Monforts was the first to offer heat recovery as a standard system, while all other manufacturers offered it as an option. The self-clean- ing function is a significant advantage.
The Eco Booster is equipped with an electric drive which makes computer-controlled optimisation of the heat exchanger’s perform- ance to the prevailing exhaust air streams possible and the auto- mated cleaning system eliminates down times for uninterrupted production.
It measures the pressure inside the system and automatically start- ing-up the cleaning cycle when necessary.
All of these technologies are engineered to provide our customers with highly effective, energy saving solutions with sustainable ben- efits.”

Rusvata Celebrates Its New Truetzschler Spunlacing Line

With more than 120 years of history, one of the most senior producers of the cotton wool and gauze market, the Russian- origin Rusvata extended an invitation to celebrate the inauguration of its new Truetzschler line for production of hydroen- tangled nonwovens on April 28 at their headquarters in Rjasan.

The spunlacing line was officially taken into service in the presence of the Rusvata management, investors, customers as well as the representatives of Truetzschler Nonwovens and its commercial agency Derux.Rusvata, the only company which has integrated the complete chain of cotton processing for cotton wool and gauze, now owns a modern and highly filexible spunlacing line with a monthly production capacity of more than 700 tons. Truetzschler Nonwovens has supplied a complete line consisting of machines for fiber opening and blending, carding, hydroentanglement, drying and winding, all of them manufactured by Truetzschler. Derux Group was involved in the project as commercial agency. Derux looks back upon more than a decade of business activity in Russia and CIS countries with focus on large-scale projects in nonwovens lines as well as many supplies of nonwoven fabrics by German top companies. The new investment is part of a long-term modernization strategy to expand the scope of products such as cotton buds, cotton pads and nonwoven towels. The new spunlacing line for cotton fibers has no analogues in Russia.

Textilwerke Todtnau Bernauer Invests in Brückner Stenter

Bernauer company plans with a tailor-made Brückner line for technical textiles, brand name BERATEX®, far into the future.

The origins of company Bernauer can be traced back as far as 1829. At that time already coloured yarn and woven fabric was produced in several factories. Since the early 1970s the company is active in the field of technical textiles and developed together with a leading tyre producer a special woven release/separation liner for the tyre industry. This fabric serves as release liner/textile for the production of tyres reducing on the long the process costs of the processing costs.

The BERATEX® fabric as such is woven of special polyethylene ribbons, made of a polyethylene film produced by the company itself. Depending on the quality it can be used up to more than 20 years without interruption. To increase the dimensional stability of this product, a heat-setting process is indispensable. For several years this had been made by different german commission finishers. Hanspeter Bernauer, owner of Textilwerke Todtnau Bernauer KG was always aware that the key of sustainable company success is the quality of the products itself. Aiming at a further control and optimization of the products it was for Mr. Bernauer a logical conclusion to integrate the final finishing of the fabric into the company. With the new heat-setting line made by Brückner the company reached now a 100 % value creating chain: from the granu- late to the woven high-quality PE fabric and to the international marketing in more than 46 countries.

Textilwerke Todtnau Bernauer KG decided to buy a state-of-the-art Brückner stenter because only a line with the alternatingly arranged thermo zones, which is typical for Brückner machines, ensures the required temperature accuracy across the entire length and width of the dryer. Temperature differences of a few degrees Celcius have an enormous influence on the heat-setting result and thus to the technical charac- teristics of the final product. In the conceptual design of the line the project team TWT Bernauer & Brückner turned the highest possible attention on an accurate fabric flow of the rigid and thus delicate articles and an operation which is not interrupted by batch changes.

First Ecosustainable Textile Collection from Clerici Tessuto

Clerici Tessuto presented at Première Vision Paris the first ecosustainable tex- tile collection, featuring beautiful organic silk and wool fabrics, GOTS certified, and next-generation high-tech fabrics.

Clerici tessuto has chosen the innovative EVO® yarn, produced by the Italian company Fulgar, to offer high-end fabrics combining maximum performance with high durability and minimum impact on the environment, in line with Clerici Tessuto’s commitment to sustainability.
EVO® by Fulgar is a yarn made from castor oil. A totally renewable resource that does not require high amounts of water nor subtracts land for human or animal food. Suitable for any textile application, EVO® by Fulgar is ultra-light, super stretch and extremely breathable, dries quickly and does not need ironing, also has thermal prop- erties and natural bacteriostatic. A whole range of distinctive values and benefits that ensure maximum comfort and unmatched performance, while retaining an intense eco-awareness.