Rusvata Celebrates Its New Truetzschler Spunlacing Line

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

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

Textilwerke Todtnau Bernauer Invests in Brückner Stenter

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

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

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

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

First Ecosustainable Textile Collection from Clerici Tessuto

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

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

Picanol Participated Techtextil India

Picanol, among the leading names in the weaving machines market, was among the participants of the TechTextil India Fair, one of the most important exhibitions in the field of technical textiles.

As a global leader in the industry of weaving machines, Picanol enjoys growing success in the market for Technical Textiles, offering technical weavers highly customized solutions for very specific applications, based on machine platforms that are also applied in mainstream applications.

Techtextil India Exhibition, held every two years in Mumbai, the largest city in India and the ninth largest city in the World, took place between 13-15 September. Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for Technical Textiles, and the world’s most important centralized marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers of technical textiles.
Picanol has been active in India since 1956 and at the end of 2007, Picanol India was founded. So later this year, Picanol India will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations in India. During the trade fair, Picanol India presented break-through solutions in different Fields such as wide weaving (up to 540 cm), heavy weaving and specific solutions for car seats, bullet-proof fabrics, coated fabrics and others.

Since 2017: Autefa Solutions Focuses on Customers’ Requirements

Autefa Solutions, a market leader in China for high speed air through thermobonding lines for hygiene products, will inform the visitors at Since 2017 about the economic and technical advantages they provide as a full line supplier for carded‐ crosslapped nonwovens lines, needlepunch nonwoven lines, spunlace and thermobonding lines.

As nonwovens producers are facing more competition, they are looking for reliable and economic machines. They expect high quality and the best total cost of ownership (TCO), which is the key to success. There is a significant number of customers who hesitate to replace existing machines or invest in new machines, due to increasing prices. During the Shanghai International Nonwoven Conference and Exhibition (SINCE) Autefa Solutions will present its Nonwovens “LineONE” concept which operates at a very high level and sets new standards with an attractive costto‐performance ratio. Autefa Solutions nonwovens lines meet customers’ requirements for quality web formation and web bonding, active weight regulation, and minimal maintenance. With the Crosslapper UnilinerONE, Autefa Solutions supplies a highperformance machine based on the successful Crosslapper Topliner. Optimised infeed speeds of the carded web, layering precision, layering speed of 80 m/min (max.) and reliability are the mainbenefitts of the Crosslapper UnilinerONE. The Needle Loom Fehrer StylusONE is a compact needle loom for all needling applications up to 1,800 g/m2. With a maximum performance of 1,200 strokes/min, the Needle Loom StylusONE distinguishes itself through productivity, guaranteed longevity and maintenance‐free gear boxes.

Autefa Solutions delivers complete lines for the production of top sheets, acquisition and distribution layers (ADL) and back sheets. The consumer products benefit from the nonwovens features elasticity, softness and absorption. As a premium supplier, the company delivers machines for opening, blending and carding as well as ovens and dryers out of one hand. The company sets the focus on HiPerTherm, the high speed thermobonding oven for the manufacturing of hygiene products such as acquisition and distribution layers (ADL), top and back sheets. The key strengths of the Autefa Solutions belt oven are uniform airflow and the precisely adjustable temperature distribution, the ability to maintain loft or to create high densities.

Milliken Launches First-Ever Fluorine Free Eco-Based Performance Fabric

Milliken & Company, a leading global textile technology company, recently launched Breathe by MillikenTM, a new and unique collection of eco-elegant performance upholstery fabrics that are durable, repel everyday stains and clean easily without compromising the fabric’s look or soft feel.

The industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabrics available in both natural and manmade fibers, Breathe fabrics are a sustainable option, designed and responsibly manufactured using natural or recycled fibers made from plastic bottles and a remarkable plantbased water repellent. Milliken created Breathe textiles with discerning consumers in mind to address the growing need for more environmentally-friendly, effective and high-quality performance home upholstery fabrics. Breathe by Milliken fabrics have been extensively tested by certified third parties and meet or exceed industry standards including flammability, water repellency, soil release, spot cleaning, colorfastness, abrasion resistance and pilling. Breathe fabrics meet these standards without adding fluorine, formaldehyde, fire retardants or other chemicals of concern. Unlike common sprayon stain resistance treatments, Breathe fabrics are engineered textiles, providing lasting protection and peace of mind.
All Breathe by MillikenTM fabrics have also achieved GREEN- GUARD® GOLD certification, which gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, contributing to the creation of healthier interiors. “Today’s consumers are better informed and more concerned about product content than ever before – who makes it, what it is made of and how it is made,” said David Smith, vice president, Engineered Performance Products, Milliken & Company. “Every aspect of this product was designed to address this concern. Consumers can breathe easy knowing their beautiful furniture is protected from stains and wear in a much more sustainable way.” Breathe by Milliken fabrics are sold directly to furniture manufacturers and retailers who specify fabric and will be available at select national retailers beginning in Spring 2017.

EDANA Announces Winners of the INDEXTM17 Award

The Awards showcasing excellence in the nonwovens and related industries. Congratulations to Berry Plastics, GDM, Glatfelter, Hassan Group, Magic & Suominen

INDEXTM17, the largest global meeting place for the nonwovens supply chain and their customers, launched with an awards ceremony showcasing excellence in the nonwovens and related industries. EDANA’s INDEXTM17 Awards are the highest accolade for excellence in our industry and highlight the creativity and innovation demonstrated by businesses of all sizes and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain. Winners for each category, together with summary comments from the judging panel were: • Nonwoven roll goods: Berry Plastics – NuvisoftTM
• This proprietary melt spun technology combines a unique filament profile geometry with a soft bond pattern for enhanced softness. NuvisoftTM allows for enhanced coverage at lighter weights, lower air permeability, denser winding and facilitates improved printing.
• Finished or composite products made from, or incorporating, nonwovens: Glatfelter – Dreamweaver GoldTM 20 microns
• A nonwoven separator for ultrasafe lithium ion batteries, Dreamweaver Gold provides outstanding safety and cycle life with low electrical impedance and high porosity in a uniform stable sheet.
• Raw materials or components (e.g. fibre, binder, polymer, tape) of special relevance to the nonwovens industry and related converted products: Magic – Spongel
• A super absorbent polymer (SAP) made entirely from renewable resources, Spongel offers the highest level of absorption and retention of liquids available for biobased materials. Mainly a cellulose-based material, it is suitable for both food packaging and hygiene applications.
• Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry:
GDM – Rear Wing Zero Waste
• An upgrade for the baby diaper manufacturing line, the new kit saves on raw material usage and reduces size change time to zero. The allnew design includes linear motion technology for side shifting without replacing the mechanical cam and the possibility to automatically correct the rear wing position.
• Sustainable product:
Hassan Group – Self Sufficient Relief Tents
• The result of a social responsibility project aimed at providing ecofriendly nonwoven tent fabrics to improve living conditions in refugee camps. The fabrics provide comfort through improved heat and sound insulation, increased flame retardancy and enhanced breathability and antibacterial properties.
• Sustainable process or management practice:
Suominen Corporation – Blind Hiring Recruitment Process
• A pioneering recruitment process which increases diversity in the workforce and ensures equal opportunities for applicants of all genders, ethnicities and ages. The initiative offers a proven method to prevent prejudice and nepotism in the recruitment process.
In congratulating the winners, and recognising the outstanding efforts of the nominees, Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA, said “The winners and nominees recognised here today are testament to the commitment to innovation in our industry, but also to the ability of creative developers in the whole nonwovens supply chain to meet the challenges of our times, from resource management to energy storage, relief help and social responsibility. These products and services provide a snapshot of how our industry is changing and developing – it is a privilege to witness first-hand the fruit of these efforts and know that the success of our sector is in safe hands.” The winners were presented with their specially commissioned bronze sculpture and a diploma at the awards ceremony, which was attended by industry media, exhibitors and visitors to the show. The INDEXTM17 awards jury was comprised of a former senior nonwovens entrepreneur and manager, a representative of the nonwovens industry trade press, an international independent consultant and two top academic nonwovens R&D experts. Over 15,000 visitors come to INDEX to catch a glimpse of the future of nonwovens, to see first-hand what the leading experts in the field have to offer.

Oerlikon Neumag and Teknoweb Materials Joining Forces in The Future

Oerlikon Enters İnto A Strategic Partnership in The High-Growth Market For Disposable Nonwovens.

The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group is entering into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials s.r.l. aimed at extending the nonwovens production systems portfolio to include the high-growth market for disposable nonwovens. Oerlikon announced that the two companies have come to an agreement in principle on establishing a new, jointlyowned company. This is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. With this development, Oerlikon strengthens the Oerlikon Neumag nonwovens systems business within the Manmade Fibers segment and expands intothe attractive disposable nonwovens market.
Teknoweb Materials is an established technology provider focusing on nonwovens used in disposable products. The company has – in the form of the Arvell® technology – its own patented and particularly energyefficient manufacturing process, with which wipes can be produced using an efficient spunbondairlaid nonwovens process instead of the complex cardedspunlace process. The Arvell® Technology dispenses with hydroentanglement and subsequent drying, which results in considerable energy and hence cost savings for customers.
Together with Oerlikon Neumag’s know-how and equipment for manufacturing technical nonwovens (durable nonwovens), both partner companies will in future occupy a significant position within the nonwovens production solutions market. The newlycreated, combined technology platform offers considerable synergy potentials and the ideal prerequisites for launching innovative products.

Advance into a CHF 300 million market
As a result of the partnership, the Manmade Fibers segment further advances its interests in the attractive disposable nonwovens market. With a market volume of around CHF 300 million and average growth of between 4 and 5 percent expected over the next few years, the disposable nonwovens market is particularly interesting for Oerlikon Neumag.
In addition to the markets for technical nonwovens production solutions in which it already operates, this will also allow Oerlikon Neumag – with its machine and systems solutions – to participate more actively in one of the, in terms of volumes, fastest-growing areas within the overall nonwovens market in the future. Drawing on Oerlikon Neumag’s innovative airlaid, meltblown and spunbond technologies and the Teknoweb’s innovative nonwovens solutions, the newlyformed company will have excellent market access with a global sales and service network. Together, it will be possible to tap into market potentials more swiftly.
Georg Stausberg, CEO of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment, comments: “We are pleased to be announcing this strategic partnership with Teknoweb. With this, Oerlikon Neumag gains access to innovative technologies, hence expanding its product portfolio as a total solutions provider for nonwovens production systems. This allows us to expand into an attractive new market. Not least, the collaboration underlines our strategy of broadening the Manmade Fibers segment product offerings, with the aim of making its overall portfolio – currently with its primary focus on the filament business – more balanced in the long term.”
Fabio Zampollo, CEO Teknoweb Materials, explains: “Our objective was to join forces with a strategic investor with outstanding know-how, excellent technologies and machine and systems solutions. Oerlikon offers all these from a single source. Furthermore, we will in future also profit from Professional engineering and the global service network of the entire Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment.”

Joint presentation at the Index 2017
At this year’s Index, taking place in Geneva between April 4 and 7, Oerlikon Neumag and Teknoweb Materials presenting a broad range of technologies for the efficient manufacture of nonwovens. At trade fair stand 2314, the experts of both companies provided information on process solutions for industrial applications such as filtration, roofing, geotextiles, automotive, medical and hygiene applications and also disposable nonwovens.

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.