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.”

Technical Textiles – The Rising Star of Turkish Textile Industry

Investments in technical textiles grow exponentially in Turkey in recent years. Many companies in the field of technical textiles prove their global success by playing an important role in the international market. In parallel with the developments in the world markets, production of technical textiles and product diversity gradually increase in Turkey.

The technical textile sub-groups with the biggest production in our country are automotive textiles, textiles used in the cleaning/cosmetics/hygiene industries, and packaging textiles. Germany, France, Italy, and England are the main markets for the Turkish technical textile industry. Many of the large-scale Turkish nonwovens and technical textile producers are members of the EDANA. The cities with top technical textile production are Istanbul, Bursa, Gaziantep, Kocaeli, and Tekirdağ.
The sector that contributed most to the increase in exports: Technical Textiles

In the technical textiles of the October and January-October period, records were broken of history of the republic. Ahmet Öksüz, President of Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters’ Association, who evaluated the sub-sectors in textiles, said, “In October 2018, our technical textile exports reached $153 million, the highest level of all-time. At the same time, our exports of technical textile in the January-October period of 2018 reached $1.4 billion, the highest level of exports of all-time January-October period. Our sub sector which has the highest contribution to our textile and raw materials export increase; technical textiles.”

Nonwovens have the highest export rate
Analysing the technical textiles exports on the basis of product groups in the January-September period in 2018, the most important product group have been nonwoven exports with 23.8% increase to 434 million USD. Exports in this product group, which accounted for 33.3% of total technical textile exports, increased by 15.5% in September 2018.

The second most important product group in the textile industry in the January-September period in 2018 has been the bags and sacks produced for the finished products packaging worth approximately 263 million USD. Exports in this product group, which accounted for 20.1% of total technical textile exports, increased by 11.5% in September 2018. In the January-September period in 2018, the most increasing exports group of textiles was parachutes with an export rate of 139.5%.

Tübitak incentives for projects

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) provides incentives for universities and companies engaged in research and development with R&D projects. It is also possible to provide incentives for projects with large budgets from the European Union Project Funding in various fields, in coordination with TÜBİTAK. High-budget projects, such as setting up a new R&D center are supported by the Turkish State Planning Organization.

New economic plan to Support export increase
İsmail Gülle, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly evaluated the New Economic Plan announced by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak. Gülle said, “As Turkish Exporters Assembly, we are very happy about the emphasis on exports in the New Economy Program, in the technical studies of which we are involved. Our goal this year is to exceed 170 billion dollars. We promise to achieve the target of 182 billion dollars export for 2019.”İsmail Gülle stated that the biggest responsibility falls on the exporters in the New Economy Program for their investments to be realized, and added, “As Turkish Exporters Assembly, we express at every opportunity that the most healthy way to achieve qualified growth and to reduce the current account deficit is value-added exports. In this sense, especially restructuring of the exports incentives, setting targets for new markets, new products and new exporters, and the prioritized investments in industries such as advanced technology, energy, petro-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies, which have a big share in our current account deficit refreshed our confidence that our exports will continue to increase in 2019 and 2020.”

Investments to increase in the next decade
Investment in the textile industry in Turkey is expected to rather make a transition to technical textiles in the next decade. Ahmet Öksüz, Chairman of Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association, said that “New products are emerging in technical textiles. There will be an increase in future investments in these areas, and new products will emerge. Companies focus on R&D activities. Different fibers are produced. For example, military helmets are being made of fabrics. They have more strength than steel. In the next decade, investments will increase in this area In Turkey.”

Investments in technical textile start bearing fruits
Technical Textiles Research and Application Center was established 5 years ago by Aegean Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association. Establishing this application center to increase the share of technical textile exports, the union started bearing the fruits of its investments. Turkey’s technical textile exports increased by 19% from 899 million USD to 1,071 million USD in the January-July period in 2018 while the technical textile exports from the Aegean region increase 40% from 45 million USD to 64 million USD.

“We will not import any product if manufactured in Turkey”

Pınar Taşdelen Engin, Vice-Chairman of Uludağ Textile Exporters Association, said “We aim to increase quality and standards and develop cost-friendly techniques in order to increase the added value in the industry, to switch to innovative products and production models, to make our exports sustainable, and to increase our competitive power.”

Assessigng President Erdoğan’s statement that “We will not import any product that is manufactured in Turkey,” Vice Chairman Engin expressed that Bursa –the textile capital– is capable to respond to requirements to produce smart products and high-tech manufacturing. Engin said that Uludağ Textile Exporters Association and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry coordinated a Defense and Technical Textiles Group.

Erdoğan’s statement received full support from the businessmen in Bursa. İbrahim Burkay, Chairman of Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that “World-leading organizations such as NASA, Boeing and Airbus purchase many of the components they use in their production from companies in Bursa. The products and components that the Turkish army needs are available in Bursa. We are capable to meet all the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces.”

Noting that they intend to make Bursa Technology Coordination and R&D Center specialize especially in the fields of military textiles, technical textiles and smart textiles, Burkay said that they are in cooperation with the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries.

Innovative Products Uspar continues to grow in technical textiles with investments

Having achieved a significant momentum over the years in their activities which started with the trade of yarn and raw clothing in 1970, Uspar managed to reach a position today to export its products to different countries. Exporting approximately 40 million USD in 2017, the company exports its products mainly to Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and France. Sustaining its textile-oriented growth strategy this year, Uspar continues to export.

METYX Group and Karl Mayer Sign Agreement

METYX Group has signed a big agreement with Karl Mayer –a technology supplier of German technical textile machinery manufacturer– for new production lines to provide additional 12 thousand tons of glass and carbon fiber fabric knitting capacity its new production lines. It has both increased the Manisa-based plant’s capacity in Turkey with the production area, and also laid the foundation of overseas production facilities as part of its multinational strategic growth plan was.

Korteks increases R&D investments every year

Turkey’s textile market in Europe and the Middle East; to maintain its leadership in the technical textiles, automotive textiles and functional products markets is one of the most important factors is R&D. In this context, Korteks considers R&D as the most important competitive tool.

Korteks, offers quality, original, innovative and environmentally friendly polyester yarn products to the many textile companies in the global arena. The Korteks R&D Center supports the development of new polyester yarn types by guiding research and development activities within the company, and enhances the competitiveness of the products in international markets. With its yarn testing and analysis methods, polymer material technologies, polyester polymer production, yarn texturizing and twisting, colorful yarn and masterbatches, Korteks has increased its share of budget from each year by increasing its R&D investments.

Sun Group Grows with R&D and P&D

With its 30 years of experience in the textile industry, Sun Group continues to grow with the driving force of its R&D and P&D activities. Sun Group’s body of companies include Sun Tekstil, Ekoten Tekstil, Ames Tekstil, TDU, and Jimmy Key –its retail women’s clothing brand. Achieving a turnover of 140 million USD in 2017, Sun Tekstil continues its exports with a 20% percent growth target this year.

Yarn Made of Plastic Bottles

Having the largest integrated and innovative polyester yarn manufac- turing center in Europe, Korteks İplik continues to work on producing recycled polyester yarns. The yarns made of plastic bottles is one of the projects Korteks has been working on. Adds a new one every day to its R&D studies, Korteks continues its researches on self-soluble yarns.

Manufacturing Fabric 100 Times Thinner Than Hair

Produced by Mogul –one of the leading companies in hybrid-based nonwoven manufacturing not in only in Turkey, but also in the world–, microfilaments smart fabrics, which are 100 times thinner than hair, lead to significant changes in many areas of life for many industries such as fashion, home textiles, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, packaging, and automotive.

Silk Road Assures Confidence

Carrying out intensive studies on conductive yarn technology, Reisoğlu İplik produces smart gloves in the R&D center called “Silk Road” and makes the the automotive sub-industry production more secure.

Turkey Makes Difference in Protective Textiles

With the advance of technology, textile structures, which protect the human body in hazardous environments, are increasing among other technical textile products. The new production method, which gives importance to the environment and human health adopted in the global market, increases visibility in technical textiles. Protective textile, which is an important branch of technical textiles, gains the appreciation of consumers by establishing standards in the field of safety and hygiene. Especially in developing countries, as the industrialization rate increases, the demand for clothing with protective features increases as sanctions increase.

Producing Bullet Proof Fabric

Kipaş Holding Mensucat managed to produce bullet-proof fabrics two years ago as a result of R&D studies. A special fiber was used in this fabric. In addition to the bullet proof feature, it is considered that the fabric, which is invisible with infrared rays, fire-proof and water-proof, can be used instead of steel vests that are disadvantageous due to its weight. After producing bullet-proof fabric two years ago, now a 50% cheaper bullet-proof suit is being produced.

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.”

Searching for the Battleship Steel Version of Spider Silk

Biotech company AMSilk and Airbus are planning to use artificial spider silk to create an entirely new generation of composite material they believe could revolutionise aerospace design.

Spider silk is one of nature’s most astonishing materials. Stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar and incredibly lightweight, a spider web made from fibres as thick as a pencil would be able to catch a fully loaded A350 weight around 200 tonnes. For decades, scientists have sought to recreate spider silk’s astonishing properties for industrial use. But those efforts have been unsuccessful – until now.AMSilk, based near Munich in Germany, is the world’s first industrial supplier of what it calls synthetic silk biopolymers – artificial spider silk. The company already uses this high-performance, fully biodegradable material for medical devices and cosmetics. In 2016, AMSilk even made a prototype shoe with a major sports clothing label. But now, together with Airbus, it wants to transfer its technology to aerospace.

To do this, Airbus and AMSilk will work together on creating an entirely new area of composite materials. Leading the cooperation for Airbus is Detlev Konigorski, innovation manager for emerging technologies and concepts.

“Currently, AMSilk produces silk on a metric tons scale per annum, but this isn’t yet aerospace-ready,” he says. “You could compare it to steel – what you use to make cars isn’t the same as what you use to make battleships. We’re looking for the battleship steel version of spider silk.”

After first decoding spider DNA, AMSilk realised that by taking the animal’s specific genetic code for producing silk and introducing it to bacteria, they could artificially reproduce an identical material. The company now carries out this process in 60,000 litre tanks four storeys high, which are filled with water and heated to 37°C to grow the bacteria. The end result is a powder that can be formed into a fibre, film or gel.

The greater use of carbon fibre composites has helped reduce aircraft weight, and therefore fuel consumption, in recent years, but AMSilk’s Biosteel fibre has superior flexibility and shock resistance capabilities.It bends without losing strength, so it could be integrated on parts away from the fuselage that are prone to debris impact or bird strikes. It could help protect space equipment in a similar manner or be applied to defence products.

The silk also has remarkable antibacterial properties, so we might be able to integrate it inside an aircraft cabin as a more hygienic material. “Airbus and AMSilk aim to launch a prototype composite in 2019. The chance to work with an entirely new material opens up a wealth of exciting possibilities,” says Konigorski. Of course, we’ve used natural materials like wood and bamboo for centuries, but we cannot really influence the material.

Bioengineering is truly revolutionary. AMSilk can recreate the building blocks of spider silk and influence it to create materials that wouldn’t naturally be that way. Ultimately, this material could enable us to approach design and construction in an entirely new fashion.”

Andritz neXline Wetlace Running At Full Capacity At Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group

The Andritz neXline wetlace producing wipes at Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group in China has successfully achieved full capacity of 15,000 t/a.

Andritz has delivered a complete neXline wetlace line to Dalian Ruiguang that integrates stock preparation, wet forming, hydroentanglement, and drying. Thanks to the flexibility of the line, the customer is able to produce the full range of wipes applications, including industrial composite wipes.

The highly flexible Andritz WetlaceTM technology, combining wet forming and hydroentanglement, is especially suited for the production of flushable wipes that are dispersible, 100% biodegradable, and without any chemical binders. This fulfills the highest environmental standards for the end products and enables production of certified nonwovens quality according to the latest EDANA/INDA guidelines for flushable wipes.

Successful performance by the Andritz neXline wetlace sets a new benchmark in Asia and underlines Andritz’s position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of complete nonwovens lines, key components, and services.

Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group is one of the leading Chinese producers of nonwovens, supplying its products mainly to international customers. “The flushable wipes produced on the neXline wetlace line are excellent and fulfill the highest environmental standards. Our customers are more than satisfied,” says Mr. Gu Yuanming, President of Dalian Ruiguang.

Diamond Wipes Internationals’ Hero Wipes, Won the Wipes Innovation Award

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, reports its 12th annual World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference June 5-8 successful in connecting 440 participants advancing their business in wipes.

The event was highlighted with an industry and committee majority vote announcing Diamond Wipes Internationals’ Hero Wipes as the recipient of this year’s World of Wipes Innovation Award®. The innovative new wipe removes toxic, cancer-causing carcinogens from firefighters’ skin. Other finalists were Solugen, Inc.’s Ode to Clean Wipes made entirely from plant starch, and National Wiper Alliance’s Rhino Wipe™ Tote System, a portable container for easy dispensing of heavy duty Rhino Wipes.

The annual award recognizes the product that most expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain.

Held at the Sheraton Grand, Chicago, Illinois, the event attracted participants from 22 countries representing the entire wipes supply chain to examine issues and advances in the growing multi-billion dollar growing wipes sector.

Opening the conference was consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University, presenting psychological insights and strategies for marketing to Gen Z. The program also included sessions centered on consumer trends and market data, sustainability, substrate innovation, challenges with preservatives, regulations, packaging, institutional wipe trends and progress on flushable wipes testing procedures.

Participants connected face-to-face with hundreds of wipes professionals during the Welcome Reception atop the 95th floor in the John Hancock Building.

Preceding the conference, INDA’s Wipes Academy was conducted by instructor Rob Johnson, PE, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates. The Academy is the first and only comprehensive wipes training for the entire wipes supply chain.

“This year’s program content hit the mark in addressing key issues facing wipes producers and marketers. WOW serves as the hub for international wipes professionals to convene and connect, and the buzz this year indicates this happened in abundance,” said Dave Rousse, INDA president.

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts Up a NeXline Needlepunch Line to Autoneum

ANDRITZ has successfully started up a complete neXline needlepunch line for the production of needlepunched velour felts for the automotive market at Autoneum’s plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

The line has a working width of 4.4 m and produces fabrics from 300 to 800 gsm for carpet systems, inner dashes, and floor insulators.

The scope of supply includes a Dynamic eXcelle Link card and a crosslapper in combination with ANDRITZ technology for drafting and needling. ANDRITZ also supplied the process control equipment as well as the unique, closed-loop ProDyn system, thus providing continuous web monitoring and optimization of the end product. With the inline, double-velouring needleloom, model SDV-2+2, and a maximum speed of 10 m/min, the production capacity of the ANDRITZ needlepunch line is in excess of 1,200 kg/hr.

This order once again demonstrates the strong and long-term partnership between ANDRITZ and Autoneum. Autoneum already operates several ANDRITZ lines in Bloomsburg, PA, and Jeffersonville, IN, both USA, as well as several lines in Europe and Asia.

Autoneum, with headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, is a globally leading supplier in acoustic and thermal management for vehicles. The company develops and produces multifunctional, lightweight components and systems for interior floors and engine bays as well as the underbody. Customers include almost all automobile manufacturers in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. Autoneum operates 55 production facilities and employs more than 12,000 people in 25 countries.