INDEX™17 Awards Entries Open

EDANA, the leading international association representing the nonwovens and related industries has announced the categories for the prestigious INDEX™17 Awards.

These awards recognise innovative, cooperative, creative and sustainable achievements in nonwovens. They are open to any EDANA member company or INDEX™17 exhibitor. From today, companies can download an application form from the dedicated INDEX™17 page under ‘Events’ on, which must then be completed and returned with samples and supporting details (as applicable) to EDANA before 12th December 2016. While companies may only submit one product per category, they may apply in as many categories as they wish. Products must be commercially available at the time of submission, and must not have been commercially launched before April 2014. All applications will be treated with full confidentiality. The Award categories for 2017 include:

1. Nonwoven roll goods
2. Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
3. Raw materials or components – innovation in a raw material or component (e.g. polymer, fibre, binder, film, tape) of special relevance to the nonwovens and related converted products industry
4. Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
5. Achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens
6. Sustainable product
7. Sustainable process or management practice In addition, applicants to at least one of the above categories may also apply for a brand new complementary Award:
8. Cooperative innovation between industry and centre of excellence. This category aims to reward successful cooperation between industry and (non-commercial) centres of excellence. The panel of judges is made up of several independent experts with technical, converting and marketing experience, and one member of the nonwovens press. The judges are looking for creative ideas, new technology and innovative products. They will first assess the relevance of entries from each category, then select a maximum of three qualifying entries per category. All qualifying entries will be recognised in a special press release 3 weeks before INDEX™17, and the winners chosen from among the qualifying entries will be presented with their Awards at a special ceremony. This ceremony will be held on 4th April, 2017 – the first day of the INDEX™17 exhibition – and will include a highly publicised launch with media coverage. Each winner will receive a specially commissioned bronze sculpture and a diploma. The sculpture, which symbolises the versatility and features of nonwovens, was designed by Olivier Strebelle, the renowned Belgian sculptor whose works are displayed in major cities across Europe, the United States and Asia. The winners of the cooperative innovation Award will both receive a transparent cubicle with a holograph of the INDEX™ Award on the inside.

Brückner Supplies Line For The Coating of Nonwovens For Automobiles

Today, a modern automobile contains between 20 up to 30 kg of fibres from the tyres to the sky. These fibres are used – visibly and invisibly – in many textile products for example as tyre cord, adhesive tape of the seat cover, claddings, sound proofing or insulating material but also for floor coverings.

In first-class vehicles mainly knitted fabrics are contained as visible textile sheets but in many of the more than 65 million cars produced every year also nonwovens as lower priced alternative are used. Thus, an automobile contains possibly more than 21 m² of nonwovens in the most different appearances. Brückner has recognized this trend already long ago and offers for many of the mentioned areas of application innovative machines and lines for a resource-saving production of technical textiles used in modern vehicles.

This begins with lines for the production of acoustic nonwovens continues with lines for the production of substrate for woven textile tapes, finishing lines for woven air bag fabric to coating lines for interior cladding based on needled nonwovens as supplied to and set into service at a customer in Russia recently. The company OOO Nomateks lies in the region Uljanows near the South-Russian city of Samara. Nomateks was founded in 1961 at that time the first producer of tufting floor coverings in the former USSR. Nomateks developed in its history which goes back 50 years and became one of the biggest and most important nonwovens producers in Russia. With more than 180 workers and employees, the company produces high-quality nonwovens to be used in geo or automotive textiles with their own PP and PET fibres.

Every year Nomateks produces more than 50 million m² of nonwovens. A jointly realized project focused mainly on the customer’s request for highest flexibility and productivity with minimized use of resources. Therefore the line is able to coat, depending on the type of fabric and process, more than 15 million m² nonwovens per year for the use in automobiles. It is possible to finish velour needle felt carpets as well as unstructured needled nonwovens. With a length of more than 70 m it is one of the biggest lines Brückner ever supplied for the finishing of needled nonwovens. To meet the above mentioned requirements, above all the preparation times had to be optimzed and the thermal and electrical energy demand had to be reduced considerably in comparison to the existing line. Since the project is a completely independent production line, the supply of the line with raw material has been considered from another point of view and a real alternative compared to the conventional preparation process in the batch has been found. The use of an inline mixer of the Various Mix type produced by Messrs. Hansa Industrie Mixer allows to meter water, latex, chalk and possible additives directly from the big bag discharging station into the line and to prepare a highly homogeneous compound. This compound is converted into an instable foam and is supplied directly to the application unit. A Brückner knife-over-table foam unit is installed for the application.

The gap between the knife and the table and thus the application quantity can be adjusted with a motor. The adjustment is made with a lifting spindle. The reproducibility of the settings is ensured by an absolute value transmitter. Normally the adjustment is made on both sides, but also corrections only on one side are possible. The squeegee roller can be balanced pneumatically via a four-bar linkage. Due to the rotary movement around the articulation, the squeegee roller parts not only vertically in case of a seam but also horizontally. This prevents impacts or material cracks. The foam is supplied via a traversing distribution pipe directly in front of the knife and is automatically adapted when the production speed changes. In order to adapt the penetration depth of the foam into the nonwovens a height-adjustable braying roller is installed behind the coating knife. It is watercooled to prevent an adhesion of Latex.

The coated nonwovens is dried in a more than 27 m long Brückner Duo-Therm dryer, finished with a horizontal chain tensioning system to transport the fabric. This type of dryer is proven for the coating of carpets and nonwovens. The dryer which is directly heated via fan-supplied gas burners allows temperature differences of up to 60 °C due to separate heating and air circulating systems above and below the fabric web. In addition to the separate temperature adjustment on the coating and pile side also the air speed and thus the air circulation intensity can be adjusted independently by using the frequency-controlled circulating air fan drives. This provides for a high drying performance with very gently treatment of the pile and a high efficiency. This prevents pile deformations reliably. The use of the patented Venturi system for a homogeneous mixing of the hot flue gas with the circulating ambient air leads to a very homogeneous temperature distribution across the width. The geometrically optimized Venturi nozzle needs absolutely no mechanical mixing elements and achieves with this a maximum efficiency. In addition, the line is provided with a two-stage heat-recovery unit air/air and air/water.


On the one hand it heats up with the exhaust air heat a part of the fresh air which is required for drying. This heated fresh air is added to the process at various points which has the effect that the drying process can be operated always with the best fresh air/exhaust air ratio. On the other hand the ECO HEAT air/water heat-recovery unit is used to heat process water for further use at other machines and lines of the Nomateks works. Depending on the production process the above described system can reduce the thermal energy consumption by about 30 % and allows thus a significant reduction of the production cost. Heat-exchange processes lead to a cooling of the exhaust air and thus to a condensation or a separating of pollutant particles. With this process the heat-recovery unit contributes considerably to the cleaning of the exhaust air.

In order to achieve the flexibility described above not only in the coating and drying sector several different winding and cutting systems are provided. The finished fabric can be treated on y two-roller ascending batcher as well as on an A-frame trolley. In addition, a Parker Hannifin longitudinal cutting and batching unit is installed inline. The Hauser – QLA offers the possibility to cut almost any material economically, to batch it and to treat it possibly further if required. The line is flexible due to its modular construction and perfectly appropriate for the processing of very different nonwovens. An integrated longitudinal cutting unit allows to make up to 4 cuts and to stack the fabric cut to length. The line has of course a highly-modern control system with a Siemens PLC and all important production parameters are memorized in a recipe administration system and can be recalled by push-button. Sensors measuring permanently the consumption of electrical/thermal energy allow a further exact monitoring of the production. And of course all drives are supplied by Brückner in the highest-possible energy efficiency class. With this project all partners have worked out a tailor-made solution for our customer Nomateks.

This is another Brückner coating line, which has been set into production to the customers’ complete satisfaction. The Brückner group with head office and production in Germany is worldwide known as technologically leading producer of high-tech lines for the dry finishing of textiles and the finishing of technical textiles and nonwovens. As owner-run machinery producer with more than 65 years of tradition and experience Brückner stands for reliability, continuity and a personal relationship with their customers.

Dyneema® Carbon: A Perfect Marriage For Lightweight Performance

Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites represent a leap in the evolution of carbon. The world’s strongest fiber significantly improves the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of weight, impact resistance, ductility and vibrational dampening.

The lightweight performance power of Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites were presented at the plastics and rubber K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, 19-26 October 2016. Ongoing projects were highlighted that demonstrate how Dyneema® Carbon improves the performance of sports and automotive motorsports products that currently rely on pure carbon composites. Imagine a hockey stick with a better feel through reduced vibration, or a rally racecar component that does not shatter on impact – and that’s just for starters. The popularity of pure carbon is easy to explain: “It’s strong, stiff, lightweight and easy to mould. But it’s not so good at handling impacts,” notes DSM Dyneema scientist and part-time professor at Delft University of Technology Roel Marissen. Carbon also splinters when it breaks, which can cause injuries. By marrying carbon with Dyneema®, impact energy absorption can be increased by up to 100% while removing the risk of splintering.

Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites are also lighter, less brittle and more vibration dampening than pure carbon composites. Fifteen times stronger than steel but floats on water, Dyneema® fiber has long been used to moor oilrigs, sail ships, stop bullets and repair human ligaments. As a fabric component, it’s becoming increasingly popular with high-performance sports apparel and athletic sportswear – from mountain climbing to motorcycling. Now as part of a hybrid composite, Dyneema® can bring its lightweight strength to products currently using pure carbon composites – covering everything from golf clubs to racing bikes to steering wheels. The possibilities are endless.

Supply Contract Between Trüetzschler And Zhejiang Wang Jin

Trüetzschler and Zhejiang Wang Jin Signed an agreement to supply 2 Nonwoven fabric production lines.

Trüetzschler and Zhejiang Wang Jin signed an agreement to supply 2 spunlace lines. One line is a high speed carding line including the well-known random roller technology. This line will fulfill highest demands and will deliver outstanding web quality at highest speeds. The second investment is a cross lapper line to produce high quality products with low MD/CD ratios. Once running it will be the most advanced cross lapper line worldwide. Both lines will be completely supplied by Trüetzschler, being the only company manufacturing all nonwovens equipment from opening/blending to winding in house.

Dornier Presents Its “Green Technologies” At ITME India

Dornier’s “Green Machines” provide the highest weaving quality for technical textiles, sophisticated decorative fabrics and excellent clothing fabrics.

Lindauer Dornier GmbH presents innovative machine concepts for the production of highly sophisticated fabrics at the ITME in Mumbai. Under Dornier’s sustainability motto “The Green Machine”, the family company, which manufactures the machines exclusively in Germany, will present the latest technical solutions which allow producing the most modern technical textiles, sophisticated decorative fabrics and clothing with refined quality for the premium segment with very high economic efficiency. Furthermore, as at the ITMA 2015 and ITMA Asia 2016, Dornier as the technological market leader will present comprehensive solutions for “green technologies”. Citing the traditional green color of Dornier’s weaving machines, this also encompasses the “sustainable effect” of the fabrics produced on them. Their performance is of decisive importance in many sectors: Whether finest filters for purifying water or air, airbags and antiballistic structures to protect against death or injuries, composites made of glass or carbon fibers to reduce moving masses and consequently the CO2 emission. For all these and many more applications, Dornier’s “Green Machines” are indispensable tools manufacturing customized precision fabrics. The latest machine types of the Dornier system family comprising rapier and air-jet weaving machines are the centerpoint of the presentation.

Experts will demonstrate how Indian weavers can utilize the superior Dornier technology to master the current weaving mill demands as to the highest quality for fabrics and applications in the individual segments. Peter D. Dornier, Chairman of the executive board, on the India ITME participation: “India is not only a fascinating country, but has become one of our most important markets worldwide concerning weaving and specialty machines. It’s many years now in which we are close to our Indian customers. Dornier has a subsidiary in Mumbai since the year 2000 that operates under the name Dornier Machinery India Private Ltd. (InDO) as a legally independent entity since 2005. With a plant expansion last autumn to nearly 900 m², InDO has prepared itself for the market growth. India’s annual economic growth has been above 7% during the last years. The country is on the way to becoming a leading industrial nation. Dornier’s share in this development has been quite considerable with about 5,000 new and used rapier and air-jet weaving machines producing precision fabrics in India (besides of that more than 35 large Dornier biaxial film stretching lines for thermoplastic films are currently operating in the country – making it the no. 1 polyester packaging film producer in the world). Along with this, India will continue to improve product quality and utilize the best and most modern machines for production. The high number of Indian textile manufacturers visiting the ITMA refiects this trend and we are very pleased that Dornier’s outstanding quality is highly valued.

The India ITME gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate directly the many advantages of our leading weaving machine technology.” Our presentation of technical textiles focuses mainly on fabrics that cannot be produced on weaving machines of other manufacturers with regard to quality and economic efficiency providing thus a unique selling point for the weavers. Examples can be found in all application areas of technical textiles from environment and geotextiles to construction textiles, industrial and 3D textiles up to the automobile and aircraft industries as well as aerospace. For sophisticated decorative fabrics, Dornier will be pleased to demonstrate to the Indian weavers, in the premium segment, how to implement Dornier’s technical advantage in weaving machines to also meet the latest and fancy demands. The decorative textile sector continues to be adventurous and develops more and more new patterns and material combinations. This trend is illustrated at the upcoming decorative fabrics exhibition in Frankfurt by “Explorations” as central theme. Dornier’s principle still applies: “Our weaving machines can efficiently transform practically everything that can be wound on a bobbin into a high quality, high value fabric”. Especially with complex patterns or fancy yarns, fabrics produced on Dornier weaving machines attain excellent quality combined with very high productivity. Dornier will be pleased to demonstrate to Indian weavers how they can produce premium quality with high productivity in the rapidly growing market of especially high value and sophisticated clothing fabrics. In all production segments with the highest demands on fabrics Dornier weaving machines provide unique performance and process reliability through a consequent exchange of ideas with customers, the inventiveness of Dornier engineers as well as the quality of the production in Germany.

“Quality creates value” – the focal point at the India ITME with the following weaving machines and applications: The rapier weaving machine P2 is a further development of the Dornier rapier weaving machine P1 with positive central transfer. With this machine a high density filter fabric with a width of 320 cm can be woven, for example, which was only possible with custommade machines up until now. The extremely high density is achieved by a specially developed cloth take-up, an absolute uniformity of the filling density and a reed impact force of 50 kN. Such a high reed impact force requires regulation of the warp tensions to a constant value with the warp let-off and cloth take-up. In order to control this warp tension, the Dornier SyncroDrive® with its stable speed is decisive for shedding. The load peaks in the complete shedding motion are therefore minimized and the uniform fabric produced always has the same mesh count per cm2. This is another requirement for a high quality filter fabric in addition to the density. The new rapier weaving machine P2 provides weavers a multitude of new application options as well as the chance to open up new markets. As real “Green Machine” it will prove its special strength and sturdiness above all infields that require more efficient, heavier and denser fabrics with highest regularity. This applies, e. g. forfilter fabrics for wet,fiuid and solid matter filtration or for soot particle separation etc.

On the latest version of Dornier’s rapier weaving machine P1, complex functional fabrics can be produced from different materials. The wide application spectrum of the P1 ranges from high value silk fabrics with 16filling colors for example for imaginative ladies outerwear fabrics up to carbon, glass or coated lattices with coarsest yarn counts in warp andfilling, and densities of 0.5 threads/cm or even lower. Thefilling insertion controlled in every phase allows processing an exceptionally wide range of yarn types and counts. This ranges fromfinest silk threads and monofilaments to glass roving and up to coarsest fancy yarns. The yarn count range is between 7 den and 4500 tex. Upholstery fabrics for office chairs are one of the applications presented at the ITMA. Elastic monofilaments and different fiock yarns are used in thefilling. The color of the fabric can be chosen individually according to customer wishes. This challenging elastic material of high quality can only be woven using a very precise warp regulation.

The regulation must ensure a predefined tension curve from full to empty warp beam. For this purpose, the rapier weaving machine P1 is equipped with a warp tension measuring system where sensors control the actuators by means of the warp let-off control thus ensuring a constant warp tension. A completely different example that illustrates the application variety of the rapier weaving machine P1 comes from sophisticated ladies outerwear. Here, a very high value fabric with 16 filling colors and different materials can be woven with an insertion rate of up to 600 fillings per minute. The basis for weaving such a multifaceted blended fabric is the welltried Dornier filling insertion with positive controlled center transfer ensuring a precise and reliable insertion of different filling yarns. Furthermore, a multitude of machine functions and components, in part patented, such as, e. g. Dornier MotoLeno® for the selvedge creation or Dornier AirGuide® for a precise rapier guidance in the shed, guarantee topmost process reliability.

Dornier’s air-jet weaving machine A1 also provides an exceptionally wide application variety. Whether combined with a cam machine, a Jacquard machine with up to 12,000 lifting hooks, a dobby machine with up to 16 shafts or a Dornier EasyLeno® unit, the A1 is the perfect tool for creative, economic and precise production of technical textiles, home textiles and clothing fabrics – in nominal machine widths from 150 to 540 cm. The style spectrum of the versatile A1 for technical textiles ranges from spinnaker silk to airbag and conveyor fabrics up to Jacquard car upholstery. In clothing fabrics, from wool to Africa damask up to functional textiles and, for decorative fabrics, from multiwidth Jacquard table linen to finest curtains. In the area of high value automobile textiles, market leaders from all over the world have trusted the high fiexibility and productivity of Dornier air-jet weaving machines for almost 20 years.

Today, products for the sectors tire cord, car upholstery or truck tarpaulins previously produced on projectile or fiexible rapier weaving machines are produced considerably cheaper with better quality on DORNIER air-jet weaving machines. The air-jet weaving machine generation A1 opens up further substitution potential in these and other areas. Air-jet weaving machine A1 also delivers outstanding results when weaving the finest wool in the very highest premium quality as produced by leading weaving mills all over the world. The special challenge here is to produce a fabric with this quality whilst meeting the most demanding requirements with high productivity

The Dornier air-jet weaving machine meets this challenge with its gentle filling insertion (“senza pelosità”, which means no hairiness of the fabric) in combination with automatic filling break repair. But Dornier would not be Dornier if productivity and quality were not continuously driven on. In industrial use, this has already been successful in the unique Dornier quality by prominent Italian wool weavers with an insertion rate of up to 1,000 fillings per minute. The heart of the Dornier “weave-by-wire” technology is the patented drive concept Dornier SyncroDrive®. It is a very low maintenance weaving machine drive based on servomotors without clutch-brake unit. The close of shed is adjustable electronically during weaving via Dornier ErgoWeave®, style data are archived and therefore reproducible. The newly developed nozzle concept, which allows a gentle acceleration of the filling thread, and the high performance carbon shafts further reduce vibrations during shedding. During Jacquard weaving with the Dornier SyncroDrive®, the weaving machine and Jacquard machine have separate drives with servomotors whereby the cardan shaft is not required. The connection runs via an electronic shaft. The very rigid and low vibration drive concept reduces the mechanical load as well as wear in the complete shedding area. The forces acting on the system as well as the energy consumption are drastically reduced.

DORNIER SyncroDrive®

The patented DORNIER SyncroDrive® is a weaving machine drive with especially low maintenance due to the elimination of toothed belts or shaft drive. The bases are servomotors with direct control without a clutch-brake unit. This drive concept permits changing the close of shed timepoint during weaving. The very rigid and low vibration drive concept reduces the mechanical load as well as wear in the whole shedding motion thus ensuring significantly fewer warp breaks. Systems equipped with Dornier SyncroDrive® process the yarns very gently. Service life is prolonged, operating costs reduced. Lower costs, highest functional reliability and an outstanding fabric quality raise weaving with Dornier SyncroDrive® to a high level.

Meeting Point In Technical Textiles Techtextile 2017

Techtextil Symposium 2017 is an informative and visionary expert forum revolving around the subjects of technical textiles, functional garment fabrics and their multifarious applications. At the 19th edition of the symposium from 9 to 12 May 2017, which is held concurrently with the two leading international trade fairs, Techtextil and Texprocess, renowned experts will present the latest research results, as well as new products and applications.

Moreover, in addition to the proven lecture format, discussions and workshops will facilitate an active exchange of ideas for the first time. Experts interested in making a contribution are invited to subject proposals for the individual formats. The closing date for receipt of proposals is 7 November 2016. “Each area of application has specific requirements with regard to the properties and production of technical textiles. At the same time, textiles are the key to new solutions in fields such as architecture, medicine and safety”, says Michael Jänecke, Director, Technical Textiles & Textile Processing Brand Management. “The symposium permits an interactive debate about current problems and innovative visions of the future, and opens up new perspectives for participants.”

Themes and formats:
The focus of Techtextil Symposiums 2017 will be on new developments, trends and potential areas of application for technical textiles and nonwovens whereby emphasis will be given to both processing and new products. Special themes include apparel textiles, including smart textiles and wearables, printing technologies, such as 3D and digital printing, and the internet of things with regard to textile machines and sustainability.

The thematic blocks:
• Apparel textile / wearables
• 3D printing / digital printing / printed textiles
• Bio materials / bio-degradable materials / sustainability
• Challenges and expectations of the sector from the user perspective
• New materials / textiles
• New technologies
• New applications
• Internet of things with regard to textile machines
• Modern marketing tools for launching products onto the market Lectures, workshops or discussions will be held depending on the theme. Proposals must be submitted in English. The lectures will be selected by the experts of the international Programme Committee.

Meltblown Nonwovens Report

One of nonwovens’ oldest manufacturing processes and, some say, its most turbulent, meltblown nonwovens has been overshadowed by its more popular relative—spunmelt nonwovens—which has grown to become the world’s largest nonwovens technology. However, meltblown continues to be valued for its fine fiber profile, its ability to offer high absorbency and its compatibility with other nonwovens processes to form composite structures and open new doors for nonwovens.

While many associate meltblown with filtration, manufacturers report opportunities across many other markets like sorbents, wipes, geotextiles and more. This has led to somewhat of a resurgence of the technology which can offer more flexibility and higher profits than many competing technologies.

Don & Low Starts Up New Line
A newcomer to meltblown technology, Don & Low has been manufacturing spunbond since 1989 and sees the diversification into meltblown as a means to expanding its offerings in nonwovens. The company had already been using externally sourced meltblown nonwovens in some of its high performance composite materials, so the step into the production and development of meltblown materials was a natural one. The new line has allowed Don & Low to expand into a number of new markets including; filtration, automotive, absorbents and advanced composites. “Active R&D prior to installation meant that upon installation, we literally hit the ground running,” says Will Campbell, sales executive, nonwovens. “The TPU has some unique properties and has had significant interest in industrial, apparel and medical applications.” Don & Low’s focus is to continue to be an innovative manufacturer of composite and laminate nonwovens and the addition of this line strengthens its group product offerings. The line has the ability to utilize a range of polymers including polypropylene, polyethylene and a more innovative thermoplastic polyurethane. Other key features include; online air permeability testing, gap control calendars, the ability to laminate multiple materials inline and multi-width slitting. “Meltblown systems are unique in that the process generates a fine fiber not available in other nonwoven processes,” Campbell adds. “It is these micro- fibers that have opened up new opportunities in terms of products and applications where a high filtration efficiency or microbiological barrier are required. The addition of TPU also brings new nonwoven capabilities for Don & Low like multidirectional stretch materials with excellent memory.” In addition to offering the possibility for new markets, the addition of meltblown provides Don & Low with a nice business opportunity. The meltblown sector is in essence not an overcrowded market and is still deemed to be a relatively new technology. As such, new applications remain to be discovered. While some other manufacturers focus on high volume sorbent markets, Don & Low will continue its focus on high performance, innovative nonwovens, often developed in partnership with its customers.

FiberDynamics Targets
Wipes For meltblown manufacturer FiberDynamics, 85% of its output targets the absorbent wipes market where the material is favored for its high absorbency. While this company has been in the wipes market for 40 years, meltblown’s share of the category is small, probably about 10-15%, according to executives. “It is a very specialized application,” explains Patrick Heery, meltblown manager. “It offers high absorption characteristics and good release profile. We see a lot of interest in the material as a medical wipe or a dental wipe.” Because FiberDynamics participates in smaller markets for wipes, it offers more fiexibility in its product line. Heery says his company does small runs, offers color specs and other things that manufacturers of spunmelt—its main competitive technology,—won’t “We survive by offering smaller companies what they want when they want it while our competition is looking at bigger runs, like in hygiene. We try to cater to the higher end of the market,” he says. However, being small is not without its disadvantages. New advancements in spunmelt have made the product softer and lighter and this is driving prices way down, meaning FiberDynamics has to work hard to keep its customers happy. “We turn things around quickly,” Heery adds. “We can run trials in a couple of weeks. We can get feedback quickly and that is what separates us from the others.”

Southern Meltblown Offers Spill Control Solutions
The primary focus of Southern Meltblown Nonwovens business is sorbents or, more specifically the spill control market. Polypropylene meltblown nonwovens offer some unique characteristics, compared to other absorbents, according to president Derek Yurgaitis. “It absorbs oil and repels water in its natural state and it can be treated to allow it to pick up things without a chemical reaction,” Yurgaitis explains. Meanwhile competitors to meltblown, like cotton rags, pose potential risks. While cotton will initially repel water, over time it will allow some of the water to stick to it. This will make it heavier or “water logged,” he explains. Within sorbents, most of Meltblown Technologies’ products are active in the industrial hygiene space. “We make products that go in or around machines where there may be leaks and drips,” Yurgaitis says. The number one purpose would be to stop that oil from running into the walkway where someone would slip and fall and the secondary purpose is to protect the outside of the facility, where there may be a leak or drip and you don’t want it getting into the environment.” Recently, Meltblown Technologies expanded this protective role with the development of a yellow floor mat that not only absorbs spills and leaks but also warns walkersby of the potential for an accident. This can be used both in the manufacturing space but also in any public place—a grocery store or an office lobby— to prevent accidents.


Irema Offers Face Masks, Respirators
At Ireland’s Irema, the majority of meltblown goes into internally made respirators or face masks or is outsourced to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning market. “As far as development our main concentration has been on fine fiber and nanofiber products and adding different characteristics to make (our products) UV compliant so we put it into different products like geotextiles,” says managing director John Rice who has also seen improvements in mafibersterbatch technology. On the filtration side, this is allowing Irema’s materials to meet new international standards. “Meltblown is ideal for filtration because all of its properties—lower pressure drop, fine fibers, high efficiency—benefit filtration,” Rice says. “You can even add a charge to the fibers.” These properties have helped meltblown expand its share in the filtration market, particularly against microglass type of media, which have raised concerns during the past 15 years. “Synthetics has been steadily developing marketshare,” Rice says.

Mogul’s Meltblown Offers
Value For Turkish nonwovens producer Mogul, the majority of meltblown nonwovens are targeting the spill control market but other areas of interest include wipes, medical, vacuum cleaner bags, roofing underlays and filtration applications. “We really want to focus more on high efficiency filters, wipes and medical applications,” says commercial director Serkan Gogus. Meltblown is not a major part of Mogul’s business in terms of turnover but its potential, a specialty area that helps with niche market development and higher margins, makes it an important one for the company, which also makes spunbond and spunlace nonwovens. Other advantages include the barrier features for medical and low pressure drop for filtration as well as the diversity of polymers that can be used. “The biggest challenge with technology is throughput compared to other technologies, which is fairly low but we see more composites and specialty polymers being made as well as some changes in the technology itself,” Gogus adds.

Sandler Focuses on Filtration and Beyond
The primary application for German nonwovens producer Sandler’s meltblown nonwovens is the filtration industry. The company manufactures pocket as well as pleatable filter media that is applied in HVAC, automotive filtration, synthetic vacuum cleaner bags and various specialty applications. In these fields, Sandler harnesses the unique advantages offered by the meltblown technology—very fine fibres, uniform nonwovens featuring a homogeneous distribution of fibers and high productivity. Sandler’s latest development in this segment, enAIRsave is a new pocket filter medium for HVAC applications comprising several filter layers and allowing for the deposition of dust particles even in the coarser layers. This allows air to still flow through the filter at a relatively low pressure and, consequently, at reduced energy consumption. “In this way, the medium combines excellent depth filter properties and dust holding capacity with energy efficiency,” says Ulrich Hornfeck, board member and chief commercial officer. “While the meltblown fine filter layer is essentially the heart of the filter medium and determines its efficiency, Sandler combines different technologies in the production of our filter media.” Outside of filtration, Sandler’s meltblown nonwovens are increasingly being applied to other technical applications including medical uses, industrial cleaning applications, insulation and support layers, and even the food industry. “In all of these markets, the singular properties of meltblown media have opened up new applications for this technology,” Hornfeck says. All in all, the advantages offered by meltblown media also helped expand the range of applications for this technology – both within the filtration market and in other sectors, he continues. “Filter media, for example, tap into areas of use with more stringent requirements on air quality, such as medical institutions. In other technical applications and even the food sector, meltblown nonwovens make inroads into entirely new markets

Schoeller Launches New Online Presence

Schoeller Textil AG, a global leader in high-performance textile manufacturing, is unveiling its new online presence with a completely redesigned website that guides visitors through the virtual world of the innovative textile and textile technology provider and its nearly 150-year old heritage. With fresh imagery, clear structure and a responsive design, the Schoeller site visitor is introduced to Schoeller’s six business divisions for an overview of the entire portfolio of cuttingedge products.

The new Schoeller website highlights the full range of textile groups and Textile technologies, along with current customers utilizing those products. As sustainability has always been at the forefront of Schoeller’s business practices, its sustainable, fullyintegrated production plant and overall efforts in that capacity are brought to life, as well as the long, rich history of the traditional Swiss company. The news and press section is particularly user-friendly and is updated regularly.

Six different divisions
Schoeller’s portfolio encompasses six different divisions: “Performance Textiles” – for highlyfunctional fabrics for sports, fashion and urban lifestyle. “Protection Textiles” – focuses on comfortable protective textiles that increase performance capacity and provide protection from the elements and hazards. “Eschler Knitting Textiles” – encompasses innovative knitted fabrics for lifestyle and Professional sports applications. “Technologies and Licensing” – offers smart textile technologies for the various requirements of the Textile industry and makes these available to brand and production partners in the form of patents and trade brands. “Care Textiles” – makes technical textile know-how accessible for consumer products and technologies in the healthcare area. “Eschler Technical Textiles” – are innovative knitted fabrics for technical areas of application, produced at the German Eschler Textil GmbH site in Balingen.

Sustainable development and production
Founded in 1868 with headquarters in Switzerland, Schoeller Textil AG is a global leader in high-performance Textile manufacturing specializing in the sustainable development and production of innovative textiles and textile technologies. As a system supplier of solution-oriented products, Schoeller addresses specific customer requirements and supplies its customers and partners with tangible added value.

Clariant Mevopur® Line Adds Color, Functional Additive Options For Nonwoven Medical Products

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Masterbatches business unit, announced a specific range of Mevopur® color and functional additives for use in high-performance, spun bond fibers used in medical applications.

Nonwoven fibers are used in applications including surgical gowns and masks, sterilization bags, medical filtration products, and a range of sanitary and hygienic pads, and wound-care dressings. Since pigments and additives used to color or modify the polymer potentially increase the risk of extraction and interaction if the products come in contact with bodily uids, these applications often require extraction and biological evaluation to standards such as US Pharmacopeia (USP) , or similar. Clariant MEVOPUR masterbatches and compounds provide the makers of medical and pharmaceutical products with change-controlled, raw material additives and masterbatches, complete with regulatory documentation to support their use in healthcare applications. Every MEVOPUR product combines excellent application performance with documentation of the biological evaluation of its raw material ingredients to USP chapters (Class VI) and ISO10993 requirements. MEVOPUR color and additive masterbatches are now available in seven ISO10993/USP colors (Yellow, Orange, Red, Violet, Dark Blue, Mid Blue, and Green). New MEVOPUR masterbatch options, including custom colors, are also available for use with polyethylene (PE) bicomponent fibers. “Our product line continues to expand and evolve, now meeting customer demand for change-controlled raw material ingredients that comply with stringent medical requirements, and helping manufacturers find new alternatives for creating more colorful, comfortable, and functional medical and hygienic products,” says Francis Baud, Global Fiber Marketing Head for the Clariant Masterbatches business unit. Clariant MEVOPUR products are manufactured in three sites under global quality system ISO13485 to ensuring quick delivery and competitive pricing, with back-up capacity to meet the BCP (Business Continuity Planning) requirements of global customers. All MEVOPUR products are also free from animal derived substances and phthalates, and are suited for food contact according to EU and FDA norms.

Airbag Yarns On The Rise In The Automotive Sector With Growth Potential

According to estimates from Business Wire, the demand for airbags will increase by 5 percent annually over the next five years. To date, airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns. However, there is a noticeable trend with these challenging industrial filament yarns towards polyester.

Industrial yarn producers are increasingly perceiving the airbag yarn segment as a growth market. To this end, four projects for manufacturing airbag yarns from polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) and polyester (PET) supplied by systems builder Oerlikon Barmag have been successfully commissioned in the past 12 months alone. The systems – installed at well-known yarn manufacturers in North America and China – cover titer ranges of between 235 and 700 dtex for PA6.6, and between 470 and 550 dtex for PET. The systems concept offers the highest level of flexibility: the proven SP4 spinning system with ex-changeable melt distribution enables the conversion of the airbag yarn systems from PA6.6 to PET or vice-versa without much effort. To this end, yarn producers can react exibly and swiftly to changing market requirements.

Market with growth potential
The reason for the increased demand for airbag yarns is the global rise of road safety requirements. Within this context, the Indian government and the Department of Road Transport and Highways, for example, have revised their vehicle safety rules and regulations. The new version, which comes into force in the fall of 2017, demands considerably greater occupant safety, particularly with regards to side and front impact. According to the estimates of numerous automobile manufacturers, compliance with these new safety rules and regulations can only be achieved with the installation of airbags. And, according to research conducted by PCI, greater safety in vehicles is also a much-discussed topic in Latin America, which is having a positive impact on the airbag and safety belt manufacturing industry: two South Korean airbag producers have already announced investments in Central America. The average volume of textile fibers and filaments in automobiles is around 30 kg; according to PCI Fibres, just under 19% of this is airbag yarn. This opens up a highly-profitable growth market for indus-trial yarn manufacturers.