Drylock Technologies Acquires The Business of Presto Absorbent Products Inc.

Drylock Technologies NV (“Drylock”) announces the acquisition of 100% of the business of Presto Absorbent Products Incorporated (“PAPI”) in the United States. All of the employees have been hired by Drylock’s whollyowned US-based subsidiary Drylock Technologies Ltd (“Drylock US”), the transaction was successfully executed.

Drylock, a Belgian family owned manufacturer of personal absorbent hygiene products, such as baby diaper, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products has acquired the PAPI business in United States. This acquisition is in line with Drylock’s growth strategy and extends its current manufacturing and sales footprint beyond Europe and Russia. This presence in the Americas supports Drylock’s future expansion into the global personal hygiene market.
Bart Van Malderen, CEO of Drylock, quoted: “We are very proud to announce the acquisition of PAPI. It brings Drylock significant synergies, such as presence in the United States of America, further product portfolio expansion, access to a very attractive customer and manufacturing base as well as a highly professional and skilled management team. As also we are, PAPI is heavily focused on innovation and quality and we find many, if not all, of our core values reflected in PAPI. The conveniently located Eau Claire facility, which is based in the state of Wisconsin, will act as Drylock US’s headquarter and we are looking forward integrating all employees, facility and business in Drylock.”
PAPI, a daughter company of National Presto Industries, had been originally formed to acquire the assets of a struggling baby diaper company in 2001, whereas at present it reflects a very wellrespected innovator and manufacturer of adult incontinence articles, serving preeminent institutional and retail distributors. Given the acquisition by Drylock, the existing customers of PAPI will have instant access to the entire absorbent hygiene product portfolio of Drylock, which entails the complete assortment of baby, feminine hygiene as well as incontinence care products. Drylock is looking forward to meeting up with all stakeholders and is dedicated to ensure continuity of the existing business.
In describing the transaction, Maryjo Cohen, President of National Presto stated, “We are very proud of the strides our
absorbent product business has made in the last several years, but recognized that to move to the next level for full success, we needed to combine the operation with that of a major player in the industry.
This sale is a win-win for all parties involved. Those parties include not only the shareholders of Presto and the owners of Drylock but also the four other groups that are affected by this kind of transaction: our employees, our community, our customers and our suppliers. The acquisition affords Drylock with instant presence in the U.S. market, with a strong customer and manufacturing base. In turn it assures our employees of ongoing employment. The transaction provides Presto with a major tenant for its facility and secures for the Chippewa Valley an international player in the industry. In contrast to most acquisitions that typically reduce the number of competitors, the transaction actually broadens our customers’ choices by adding a significant and long term contender to the field. Our suppliers will enjoy the opportunity to increase their customer base through the addition of a new customer complete with the best introduction possible – their proven track records as PAPI suppliers.”
The entire transaction is valued at $71 million and includes substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of PAPI. Drylock plans to operate the business in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, out of the current PAPI facility, which will serve as Drylock US headquarters under the Drylock Technologies Ltd name.

A New Technology From Trützschler Switzerland AG And EREMA For Production Of BCF Yarn From Recycled PET (R-PET)

All of us use plastic bottles almost every day. Especially life without bottled water is not conceivable in developing and developed countries.

Whereas glass was the main material for bottles in the last century, producers and consumers more and more favoured PET – polyethylen- terephthalate – since the late 1980s. These “polyester” bottles come with the distinctive advantages of being light weight and almost unbreakable. However, the success generates the new challenge of coping with billions of discarded bottles each year. When the bottle is empty we often throw it away, even though some of us would keep it for a second life. In many regions of the world recycling is an option. In Asia, for example, the probability that an empty bottle will be recycled is more than 75%. However, unfortunately there are also regions with recycling rates not exceeding 15%.Recycling in Asia is wide- spread because especially entrepreneurs in China early recognized PET bottles as a valuable raw material. Using recycled polyester flakes offers numerous advantages: the economical aspect (flakes are cheaper than virgin chips) and the sustain- ability/good image aspect (green label) are to be mentioned among them.

Recycling PET bottles
A long and complex process chain is needed to turn a used bottle into usable raw material. It all starts with the collection of the bottles and pressing them into bales. Afterwards, the bales are opened,
sorted out and grinded. The flakes obtained are washed (cold and hot) and separated from the polyolefin, which comes from caps and gaskets. After drying and metal separation, the flakes are practically ready to be filled into silos or big bags. A new cycle begins.
One of the main processes for recycled polyester is spinning staple fibers, which can be used for spun yarns, textile fillings or nonwoven materials for instance. These applications are well established with fleece shirts and throws being prominent examples. Besides, due to many factors, the collection and recycling rate of plastic bottles is growing worldwide. Therefore it is time to explore new end uses of the recycled PET like carpet application for example

Spinning BCF yarn from PET and R-PET
PET fibers offers numerous advantages in carpet applications. Especially the high stain resistance should be mentioned, which is even higher than that of chemically treated PA BCF. Moreover, PET can be spun in undyed form, which is not the case for PP. Undyed yarns can be twisted, heat set, dyed and tufted or the finished carpet can be printed. Compared to staple fiber production, using R-PET for manufacturing continuous filaments is much more challenging. In filament spinning the quality of the yarn is determined by the homogeneity of the raw material. Recycled flakes are an instability factor, small deviations in quality can lead to an increased number of filament breaks or broken filaments. Further, the variance in the flakes quality could affect the yarn’s colour pick-up so the finished carpet shows streaks.

The EREMA-Trützschler system
This challenge is the reason that Trützschler and EREMA started to collaborate. EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H. is a leading solution supplier in the area of plastic recycling systems and technologies. Both companies joined their efforts to develop a one-step system for pre-processing and spinning polyester flakes into Bulk Continuous Filament (BCF) for carpet applications.
The new system directly links EREMA’s VACUREMA® technology with Trützschler Switzerland’s symTTex BCF machinery (figure 2). The EREMA part consists of a vacuum reactor, a directly linked singlescrew extruder and a high-performance filter. Washed R-PET flakes are dried and decontaminated in the reactor, melted in the extruder and then forced through a large area filter of variable fineness. After that the high-quality melt is transferred to the Trützschler spinning system. The well-known and established high quality spin packs, dual shell draw rolls, the HPc texturizing system and fully driven winders form the filaments and wind them onto bobbins. An industrial line is already successfully running in Poland.

A one-step process for high-quality yarns
EREMA’s patented system enables the feeding of clean flakes directly into the reactor without using neither crystalliser nor dryer. A major advantage is the energy savings because energy-intensive drying and crystallizing steps are omitted.
When measuring the yarn’s viscosity we see that its IV value virtually reaches the IV value of the flakes (figure 3). This proves that the drying process is extremely efficient – the vacuum before the extrusion process removes moisture and volatile material very effectively.
The combination of EREMA’s and Trützschler’s systems allows for pro- ducing distinct BCF yarns with high efficiency, excellent process stabil- ity and low transformation costs (table 1). Market requirements and expectations when using 100% R-PET flakes or mixtures of flakes with virgin material are fulfilled. The cooperation of Trützschler with EREMA for recycled polyester constitutes a major pillar in Trützschler’s product portfolio of solutions. It perfectly adds to the already estab- lished systems for the production of PA6, PA6-6, virgin PET and PP BCF yarns. It is a step ahead toward market demand for more sustainable end products.

HyperTex From DiloGroup

DiloGroup – “HyperTex” Installation for the Production of Reinforced Multi-layer Needlefelts.

Numerous fields of application such as filter media, geotextiles, roofing mate- rial, floor coverings, other technical textiles and composites require needled nonwovens with high lowload resistance. This is generally achieved by using reinforcing meshs / grids. The DILO HyperTex installation with the “Turbotex” scrim fabric machine of Messrs. Ontec automation GmbH produces a reinforcing scrim which is fed between two needlefelts and then needled together by a Hyperpunch needleloom.
The mesh apertures of this scrim can be varied up to 20 x 20 mm, production speed is up to 40 m/min. The HyperTex installation in a working width of 2.5 m is ready for presentations and trials in DILO’s Textile Research Centre in Eberbach, Germany.

Smart Textiles of the Future

Entertainment, communications and electronics continue to exert an ever-growing influence on our lives, our achievements and our sense of well-being. This perpetuating trend increases the importance of incorporating electronic products and components into our clothing.

The goal is to make our lives more pleasant, safer, and more productive through the integration of electronics in the clothing and medical sectors. Modern examples include heating and cooling components, sensory properties, and lighting elements, as well as GPS functions.
To achieve this objective, we need to develop woven and knitted fabrics in which, besides the usual fibers, conductive textile materials, components and sensors can be incorporated or on which these elements can be applied. These elastic or non-elastic textile constructions must add real value for the wearer through reliable and worthwhile functionality. They must also provide the in-use properties expected of conventional garments and be producible on an industrial scale.

Exciting cooperation projects

To create these high-tech textiles of the future, cooperation between widely diverse specialist fields is essential.Schoeller Textil AG and Eschler Textil GmbH work closely together with partners from the garment and medical sectors as well as with electronic companies and research institutes.
There is immense scope for application. The broad variety of conceivable and achievable end-use sectors ranges from entertainment, sport and interior design to medicine. Schoeller is in the process of developing a heatable E-soft-shell material that can be cut to size as required.
This innovative laminate is structured like a conventional soft-shell with corkshellTM technology, and can be produced for sale by the meter. The heatable backing is manufactured by Eschler. Specially incorporated conductive yarns enable uniform heat distribution and specific heating surfaces are functional at the usual voltages. The material can also be dyed and washed. Another example of current cooperation is HYDRO_BOT. Schoeller is working together with Osmotex on an electro-osmotic membrane for use in outer- wear. Using highly conductive yarns, Eschler has in addition developed a textile surface that can monitor lung function in real time by acting as a sensor in electrical impedance tomography. This allows doctors and other medical professionals to see for the first time what is happening in the thorax of patients on artificial respirators and to adjust treatment as required.

Functional, Colour-Coordinated And Super Comfortable
Schoeller textiles for the motorcycle category combine a high degree of functionality with trendy looks and maximum comfort. Thanks to a coordinated colour concept, the various fabrics can be ideally combined with one another. Various Schoeller technologies furnish the hightech fabrics with additional benefits.Schoeller’s innovative and extremely sturdy motorcycle segment textiles are specifically designed to serve motor bike manufacturers, brands focused on motorcycle wear and urban commuting, as well as professional motorcyclists such as motorcycle police.
The schoeller®-dynatec and schoeller®-keprotec® protective fabrics are characterized by an extremely high degree of abrasion resistance. In addition to the DIN EN 17092 test for pro- tective garments for motorcycle drivers, they are also subjected to a special impact abrasion test in the fall simulator.
Coordinated colour concept The state-of-the-art motor bike collection makes a convincing impact not only in terms of functionality but also in regards to colors. The elastic or non-elastic hightech fabrics can all be perfectly combined with one another in shades of grey, black or red.
In conjunction with the innovative Schoeller technologies such as c_change® climate membrane (for optimum and breathable protection from wind and weather), coldblack® (for reliable protection from heat and UV rays) or ceraspaceTM (for extreme abrasion and heat protection in the case of a fall),Schoeller offers the ideal solution for the most varied range of uses. New washable schoeller®-reflex articles in a variety of colours also ensure extensive protection in poor visibility.

USTER® FiberCleaningSystemsPrevent Contamination In Hygiene And Cosmetic Applications

Yarn spinners already understand the importance of preventing contamination in their products. A total of 3,500 world- wide installations of Jossi fiber cleaning systems – now produced by USTER – is proof of that.

The USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD solutions are highly effective at removing even the smallest contaminants, including polypropy- lene. For nonwovens producers, however, the risk of contamina- tion is possibly even greater: in medical and hygiene applications, for example, quality standards are super-critical and zero contami- nation is essential. Contaminated yarn is one of the spinner’s biggest headaches, potentially leading to customer claims and rejects when synthetic particles such
as polypropylene (PP) remain undetected in cotton until the fabric reaches the dyehouse. Today, the range of USTER® JOSSI systems is proven to deal with this problem with unbeatable effectiveness, detecting and removing foreign matter from cotton at the spinning preparation stage.
Uster Technologies acquired Jossi AG in 2013 and now applies the USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD 2 and USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD T systems, using multiple detection principles to eject all polypropylene particles, however minute. The finest white PP contamination is reliably and efficiently detected with the USTER® JOSSI MAGIC EYE in combination with the USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD. Practically all types of foreign matter, including polypropylene and polyethylene, are eliminated by USTER® JOSSI MAGIC EYE, with a minimum of waste.

Special challenges for nonwovens producers
Compared to yarn spinning, nonwovens products and processes bring some special challenges and even more demanding require- ments. Imagine, for example, a scratchy remnant of polypropylene in a make-up removal pad…or any kind of contamination in hospital products such as absorbent cotton, alcohol swabs, or nonwoven gauze. Such problems would be totally unacceptable.
Not surprisingly, markets for medical and hygiene products in the USA, Europe and Asia are extremely quality oriented.
With developments in synthetic fibers, there was a trend about 25 years ago for nonwovens applications to switch from pure cotton to synthetics. Initially, consumers preferred the dry and light texture of synthetic fibers. In the last decade, however, many applications are seeing a return to pure cotton as the favored option, particularly where allergenic issues such as skin reddening and irritation are possible. Manufacturers of nonwovens for these demand- ing end-uses now require an efficient contamination control system, guaranteeing a zero-tolerance standard – for defects bigger than 1 mm – in their products. In nonwovens, fiber cleaning is the only way to control contamination unlike in spinning where yarn clearing can make a final check at the winding stage. Product quality in nonwovens therefore depends absolutely on the efficiency of the fiber cleaning sys- tem, which makes investment in the USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD system a logical step.

USTER at Index
The importance of the nonwovens sector for USTER® JOSSI systems is demonstrated by the company’s presence at the forthcoming INDEX 2017 event in Geneva (booth no. 4418), the largest global meeting point for the nonwovens market.
USTER believes that its technology which is already well known and appreciated in cotton spinning will attract wider interest at the exhibition from manufacturers of bleached cotton and other qualitycritical nonwovens products.
“With USTER® JOSSI VISION SHIELD and USTER® JOSSI MAGIC EYE, the whole production is checked, for every category of contaminants including synthetics,” says Baldischwieler. “Nothing can escape the detection power of these systems.”

New Innovation on Spunbond Process

Hartge Development & CMCC partnership on producing state of art spunbond & meltblown machines in Turkey.

Hartge Development has been designing, building and improving nonwoven systems for 25+ years, working with the most demanding customers in the industry. Focused on Spunbonding – a delicate ballet of interacting forces between air, fibers and structures . We take the philosophy of looking at the whole instead of isolating individual components.
The bigger picture is always more difficult to understand, but we believe serious change in any endeavour can only occur when the whole process is re-invented from the inside out. By Simplifying the main goal of spinning and lay down, we have managed to create an ideal process while decreasing the number and complexity of components that touch the fibers and process – the only serious development in spun- bonding since the 1980’s.
The patented new state of art “Impingement Spinning” process has fewer precision surfaces and refined airflow. This allows us to employ highly turbulent mixing in the heart of the process – the polar opposite to all conventional machines that try to same turbulence with highly engineered capital intensive systems.

The new process has many benefits such as ;
• Flexible polymer( PP,PE,PLA,TPU,PET) choice with 100% guaranteed quality production .
• 6-300 GSM production scale .
• 70% less space usage .
• 50% energy reduction .
• Side Trimming less then 25 mm .
• Cost effective investment .
• Minimum labour (2-3 Max ) .
• Simple user interface to control all process in Siemens 22 ‘’ screen .
• Ready to run in 20 minutes . ( when extruder is hot )
• Easy to change jobs .
Composite Lines & Downstream Components Thanks to our partners , we can combine Meltblown and Bi-Component process- es on our system . Also, depends on customer needs we can add down- stream components and technical upgrades on Hartge system.

Partnership with CMCC
After mid 2016 , we opened our second machinery assembly workshop in Turkey with CMCC . Turkey has many potential on machinery parts production with highest quality workforce . Our aim is to produce spunbond and meltblown system in Turkey to serve EMEA area . With this partnership , we will reduce our costs and low capital companies can enter nonwoven market .

Product R&D
Hartge Development believes that developing new product is always good opportunity to sell nonwoven machines . Our laboratory machine (1100mm) in Florida runs for new devel- opments for our customers. Hartge system can retrofit easily to German , Italian and Chinese machines . Our engineers will find solutions to customers systems to fix Hartge system in most efficient way .

ETT 2018 8th International Istanbul Textile Conference: Evolution of Technical Textiles

14-16 April 2018, ETT2018 organized by Marmara University, ITM 2018 and HIGHTEX 2018 organized by Teknik Fuarcılık A.Ş. and Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık A.Ş. will be held simultaneously in Istanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Centre.

Owing to the success of the 7th International Istanbul Textile Conference which was held in 2016 in Istanbul for the textile and apparel industry, we want to take this opportunity to discuss and share the new development in technical textiles and apparel industry by inviting you again to the city where East meets West, to a place steeped in culture and history. Istanbul is proved to play host on this auspicious occasion to the 8th International Istanbul Textile Conference on Evolution of Technical Textiles (ETT 2018) with a theme of “Recent and Future Advances in Innovation and Enterprise in Traditional Textiles, Technical Textiles and Clothing”. It is clear that the role being played by textile in the applied materials science is considerable and that there is still ample scope for further development. For this conference, the focus is on looking beyond the gadgets and the broad spectrum of papers demonstrates when, where and how technical textiles are selected for their true value and applications.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to meet leading personalities with research, management and technology experience from all over the world and to discuss with them any ideas and proposals in your particular field. The ETT 2018 is intended to intensify and promote cooperation among academics, inventors, textile specialities and producer companies. This time, International Istanbul Textile Conference and International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITM) have signed a collaboration agreement for the contemporary scheduling in synergy of the next editions of their respective events ETT Conference and ITM Exhibition, which will now be held 14-16 April 2018 in the Istanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center. ITM is the largest exhibition in Turkey and in the region, is among the most important exhibition in the World. ITM 2016 is a global textile show with 49.730 visitors and more than 1.000 textile technology producer companies presented their latest models and technologies in operation. As usual the papers cover a wide spectrum of issues, all of which are pertinent to the successful use and application of technical textile. The papers represent current research on technical textile issues and within the nine conference themes, contributions cover:
• Latest development on spinning, weaving and knitting
• Latest development on dying and finishing
• Medical Textiles
• Technical Textiles
• Smart and Interactive Textiles
• Surface Coatings
• Advances in Apparel Design
• Ecological Textiles
• Composites Materials
• Textile Innovations
• Computer Technology for Textiles and Apparel

Andritz To Supply Two Spunlace Lines To Fujian Nanfang Textile Co., Ltd, Including The First TT Cards Sold In China

Andritz Nonwoven, part of international technology Group Andritz, has received two orders from Fujian NanFang Textile Co., Ltd (PRC) to supply two new neXline spunlace nonwoven lines for its new plant in the city of NanPing, Fujian Province, China.

Start-up of both lines, which will produce facial papers and wipes, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. Spunlace line #1 supplied by Andritz will be capable of processing 100% bleached cotton fibers in a crosslapping configuration with an eXcelle card, a Dynamic crosslapper, a drafter and another eXcelle card, including the ProDyn and Isolayer functions, in order to enhance the web profile uniformity and thus save raw materials. For web bonding, Andritz will supply its Jetlace Avantage hydroentanglement unit. Line #2 is a high-speed spunlace line for processing viscose and polyester fibers. It will have two Andritz TT cards for web forming and a Jetlace Essentiel unit for hydroentanglement. The TT card technology enables drylaid web forming at very high speed. Andritz has a large number of very successful installations with TT card technology around the globe, with more than thirty machines in operation and an average capacity of 20,000 t/a per line. The TT cards for NanFang will be the first to be installed in China. NanFang has already invested in three spunlace lines in the past, the first of which was installed in 2002.


INDA’s 25th Filtration® Delivered “Pure Solutions” With International Conference & Exposition

INDA’s 25th Filtration International Conference & Exposition with its Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course delivered “Pure Solutions” for attendees of the event, Nov. 8-10, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Over 1,300 filter media and component suppliers, customers, consultants and academics met with more than 130 exhibitors to conduct business within the growing industry for air and liquid filtration, a major sector for nonwoven fabrics in media. In addition, over 30 professionals participated in INDA’s oneand- a half day acclaimed Filter Media Training Course prior to the exposition start. “The Filtration event is an extremely valuable forum for charting the future direction of our industrial filtration business.

It allows us to connect with current customers and suppliers while developing new customers, and learning about new technology and the evolving competitive dynamics in our industry segment.” said Brian Vancrum, Vice President & General Manager, CLARCOR Industrial Air. Within an outstanding Conference program, one of the highlights included the keynote presentation by Alfred Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer, MANN & HUMMEL. Weber discussed the organization’s new filtration technology platform using “smart” digitalization in response to growing customer demand. Conference speakers also included leaders from Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), AERFIL, Underwriters Laboratories, Camfil, 3M, and SABIC Innovative Plastics among others. Conference topics included panel discussions on global standards for filter testing and assessment, air filter flammability requirements, innovative high efficiency filter media, and market insights.


Hundreds of exposition participants gathered for sparkling wine and sumptuous hors d’ oeuvres at Wednesday evening’s industry reception sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Professional* Filtration Products. The reception recognized Filtration’s 25th anniversary event with testimonials from long-time exhibitors and supporters including Berry Plastics, Hollingsworth & Vose, R.P. Fedder Corporation, Texel Technical Materials, and Zene LLC. “The strong support among filtration professionals, suppliers, and manufacturers worldwide for 25 consecutive years confirms the durability of the Filtration International Conference & Exposition. INDA looks forward to the continued future success of this event as it supports the growth of the important filtration sector,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “H&V has been an exhibitor, presenter and organizing committee member at the Filtration Show for years.

As a filtration media manufacturer the Filtration Show remains an important venue to showcase our products and network with present and prospective customers. Even in this digital age, the personal interaction possible at the show make it critical to our marketing effort,” said Catherine Aikman, Corporate Communications, Hollingsworth & Vose. Filtration 2017 will be held October 10-12, 2017 at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois USA.

Abalıoğlu Teknoloji Exhibiting Nanofiber Filter Media

Company’s core HIFYBER technology is designed for high efficiency air filtration applications.

Manufacturer of the nanofiber filter media HIFYBER engineered for high efficiency air filtration applications, were shown its series of diversified nanofiber products at Filtration 2016. Nanofiber filter media has enabled new levels of air filtration performance in several diverse applications within a broad range of environments due to its unique properties including small fiber diameter, high specific surface area, high porosity and small pore size. Abalioglu Teknoloji’s nanofiber filter media offers increased dust holding capacity, enhanced filtration efficiency, low pressure drop, excellent durability and improved filter life. The company’s nanofiber membranes possess fascinating benefits that make them very attractive in liquid filtration. The interconnected pore structure of nanofiber membranes plays an essential role in enhancing the filtration performance. Filtration studies show that nanofiber membranes exhibits better flux throughput than traditional membranes. Filtration performance can be further enhanced through incorporation of some active substances. In other news, Abalioglu Teknoloji recently announced that Poirino SpA is now its exclusive distributor, and will market its nanofiber filter media HIFYBER in Italy. “We are confident that our partnership will provide better service for filtration industry by offering an expanded line of products and local stock service for shorter delivery times,” the company says.