Brückner Sustains Position as Market Leader in the Field of Machines for Electronic Glass

The rapid developments in the field of electronics lead to an ever increasing demand for so-called electronic glass. As a consequence almost all well-known producers of electronic glass have a Brückner glass fabric finishing line in their plants.

The users of modern communication and semiconductor technology expect increasing capacity with lower weight. In reverse this leads to a rapid increase of the demand for electronic glass of the highest possible quality. Five years ago a surface weight of 48 g/m² was the standard for producers of electronic glass but in the meantime the standard is approx. 23 g/m². The leading producers in this field dare already to produce and use woven glass with a weight of 12 g/m².

The extreme yarn and fiber fineness presents however a certain limit for the processing of these light woven fabrics. Currently it cannot be assessed if this trend can and will continue. These woven fabrics are disputed among doctors and biologists. Broken filaments of micro dimensions, which do inevitably occur during the processing of the glass fabric, get with the inhaled air into the lungs and from there possibly into the blood circulation.

The extremely low fabric weight is however an enormous challenge for the supplier of the machinery. The highest possible precision when controlling minimum tractions, an absolute parallelism in the alignment of guide rollers and fabric accumulators, the use of special acid-resisting stainless steel and highly effective fabric path cleaning technology are just as obligatory as a minimum consumption of electrical energy and process heat and a highly effective exhaust air cleaning according to the latest state of the art.

Brückner meets these challenges for years and continuously develops its lines for continuous desizing and finishing. As a consequence almost all well-known producers of electronic glass have a Brückner glass fabric finishing line in their plants. These lines produce with the highest possible reliability on more than 330 days a year and round the clock with fabric speeds of up to 120 m/min.

This reliability, the high productivity and the possibility to process not only extremely light but also a wide range of fabric weights with the required quality makes Brückner a dependable partner for the producers of electronic glass.

The orders placed with Brückner during the last 12 months for such lines exceeded by far all expectations. Several customers in Taiwan and China ordered glass fabric finishing lines, among them continuous desizing lines and finishing lines for extremely light fabric. With these lines Brückner proves again their market leadership in this particular segment.

Avgol Brings A New Dimension to Nonwovens with Launch of Waveform 3D™ Technology

Avgol, a global leader in the manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions, is to launch a new three-dimensional concept for fabrics to extend innovation capabilities in hygiene applications.

Waveform 3D™ Technology is a process which enables the modification of nonwoven fabrics for the baby diaper, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene markets.  The technology enables varying three-dimensional profiles to be incorporated into Avgol’s range of standard and custom designed fabrics to further enhance performance and comfort for consumers.

Through using this technology, beneficial fiber structures with distinctive surface patterns can be imparted. This generates a three-dimensional composition within flat fabrics, providing a number of additional benefits including advanced skin wellness, increased cushioning and enhanced cotton-feel. Thanks to combination with Avgol’s ‘FIT’ family of technologies, specially designed precursor fabrics can be used which then result in further enhanced liquid management qualities.

Nick Carter, Director, Market Business Intelligence and Intellectual Property, at Avgol, said: “Investment in Waveform 3D Technology enables Avgol to offer high-performance nonwoven fabrics without compromising comfort. The ability to choose whether to use solid, apertured or combination patterns allows the product designer to truly tailor a solution for their application including how the fabric feels, how the fabric functions and how the fabric looks.

“Waveform 3DTechnology is part of an exciting programme of novel solutions to meet the ever-evolving regional needs of our customers and deliver added value through leading-edge developments, quality and service.”

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts Up a NeXline Needlepunch Line to Autoneum

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

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

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

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

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

R2G, Acquired First Quality’s U.S. And China Nonwovens Businesses

R2G, a family office based in Prague, Czech Republic which owns majority interest in PEGAS NONWOVENS a.s., and First Quality Enterprises, Inc. today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which R2G will acquire 100% of First Quality’s nonwovens operations in the United States and China. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed early in the third calendar quarter of 2018.

R2G’s nonwovens business Pegas Nonwovens a.s. is a leading producer of nonwoven textiles with operations in Europe and Africa. The acquired operations will continue, post transaction, to supply nonwovens to First Quality’s U.S. absorbent hygiene division; which manufactures premium infant care, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products for the retail and health care markets. This strategic acquisition will expand R2G’s presence into North America and Asia and will act as a fantastic platform for growth in these two important markets.

Michal Smrek, Chief Executive Officer of R2G said, “We believe strongly in the nonwovens business. This transaction will enable us and our group companies to support our global customers across four continents. Post transaction, we will have state-of-the-art production facilities and unrivalled know-how and R&D expertise to ensure that our customers benefit from the premium products we offer and the joint innovation and synergies that this combination will bring. When we acquired PEGAS, we said that this was the first step to building a global platform. This transaction is the second step and we look forward to now investing into our global platform and the people that have made the production companies a success.”

Jim Dodge, Chief Financial Officer of First Quality Enterprises said, “In the past 21 years, we have built First Quality Nonwovens into a global leader in the nonwovens industry through strategic investments, strong product development, and differentiation; with full commitment to our workforce, customers, and our communities in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Wuxi, China. We are very pleased to pass along this legacy to a company which shares our principles and values. While it is extremely difficult to part with our nonwovens division and the fantastic team members that work there, we are pleased that, following the completion of the transaction, they will be part of the R2G family of nonwovens companies with similar core values as the First Quality Group.”

Textile innovations ‘made in Germany’ in demand in the USA

Back to the USA: ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made a guest appearance at Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas in Atlanta for the second time from 22 to 24 May 2018. At the special exhibition organised by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry a total of 66 companies presented technical textiles, nonwovens, textile-processing machines, smart textiles and textile-research projects to the trade visitors.

The textile sector made its first appearance in the USA in 2000. This was followed by highly successful presentations in Shanghai in 2002, in Mumbai in 2007 and in Moscow in 2012.

“Taking ‘High-Tex from Germany” to Atlanta again was a very good decision. The southeast of the USA has a long tradition of textile manufacturing. It is home to many companies that are always on the lookout for innovative textiles and machines for textile production and processing”, explained Detlev Rünger, German Consul General in Atlanta during the ‘High-Tex from Germany’ press conference.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ Came Fully Up to Our Expectations

“High-Tex from Germany” within the framework of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas was a very good platform for our small to medium-sized companies. After Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt, these two events are the second-most important editions of the trade-fair duo. ‘High-Tex from Germany’ came fully up to our expectations and anyone who failed to take part missed a great opportunity to be noticed”, said Marc Lorch, Member of the Board of Zwissler Holding, who represented the participating companies as exhibitor president.

Michael Metzler, Sales President of ZSK Stickmaschinen, confirmed this saying, “A German pavilion of this scope makes us extremely visible. Thanks to the excellent organisation, we were also able to concentrate on promoting our company and products.”

“We regularly exhibit at Techtextil North America but taking part in ‘High-Tex for Germany’ resulted in our best ever day at a fair here. The pavilion is a real eye-catcher”, said Thomas Wiederer, Area Sales Manager, Brückner Textile Technologies. “The visitors to our exhibition stand were very interested in our products. We gained potential customers and were able to make numerous high-grade contacts. The level of interest shown in our highly innovative e-textile solutions, which are completely new in the sector, was very high. We are looking forward to the follow-up phase”, said Andreas Lanyi, Vice President Digital Unit and Internet of Things of the Hamburg-based start-up, Lunative Laboratories.

 

High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating contacts with our customers in the USA

Besides gaining new customers, the focus of the companies taking part in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was on cultivating customer relations. “The German pavilion in Atlanta once again gave us a good opportunity to get to know the US market better. We have had a factory in the vicinity of Atlanta for two years now and aim to expand our network in the long term”, said Ronny Schröder, Associate Sales Director Technical and Comfort Products, Sandler. “We like making presentations within the framework of the German pavilion very much”, added Georg Voggenreiter, Technical Sales, Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer. “Once again, ‘High-Tex from Germany’ was a good starting point for cultivating contacts with our customers in the USA.”

The companies taking part in ‘High-Tex from Germany’ made their presentations on around 1,300 square metres of exhibition space with their own exhibition stands, with selected exhibits on a central ‘Plaza’, in guided tours and no less than 35 lectures.

New Concepts for Airbags

The need for security is deeply rooted in man for evolutionary reasons. Airbags and safety belts are considered life-saving safety features in accidents and can be found in all vehicles today. They have been and are continuously developed.

New Future Demands for Safety Belts and Airbags

Future autonomous driving places entirely new demands on the car occupant protection, as seat positions can be chosen freely in future interior spaces. As a result, new concepts for belts and airbags have to be developed.

To meet the high standards of the automotive industry, the highest quality standards are placed on the airbag fabric. CREALET supports the fabric quality with its selvedge thread let-off devices during the weaving process at the selvedge area.

Solutions for Weaving Dense Fabrics

When weaving dense fabrics it can happen that the selvedge area of the fabric becomes looser than the rest of the fabric. This waviness has a negative effect; particular during the winding and unwinding of the fabric and during the coating process.

These disadvantages can be eliminated or at least minimized by feeding the selvedge threads electronically and at a higher tension to the weaving machine with separate spools.

The selvedge thread let-off devices guarantee a constant warp tension from the full to the empty spool. The devices can be equipped with a tension display to ensure the reproducibility of the settings.

Archroma Joins Hands With Lahore University To Foster Innovative Research In Textiles

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. The MoU will pave way for cooperation initially for a five-year period.

The partnership will explore innovations in textile research with futuristic visualization for Pakistan to help the Pakistan textile industry to keep in line with the fast pace of global apparel requirements and evolutions. Both partners will jointly hold sessions to prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, research in textile applications and process innovative methodologies by pioneering value additions. The students of UET will also be able to join internship placement programs at Archroma Center of Excellence at Karachi.

The MoU was officially signed at a ceremony recently held in Faisalabad by Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid, Vice Chancellor of UET and Mujtaba Rahim of CEO Archroma Pakistan Limited.

Speaking at the occasion, Mujtaba Rahim said: “We, at Archroma, believe in continuous improvement and challenging the status quo leading to enhance sustainable growth especially in our product lines creating value for our stakeholders. Through this initiative of mutual cooperation, we will be able to share latest knowledge and technical developments and to work together with the faculty and research team of UET. We also wish to share the innovative textile solutions of Archroma with the students enabling them to enhance their academic performance. Our MoU will go a long way in adding value in the fast growing textile segment, from education to R&D development.”

“This partnership is going to have far-reaching impact in textile research which will bear highly positive results for UET and Archroma. Our academic team has already collaborated with Archroma on projects that will have a far reaching impact on the textile industry. We are very enthusiastic about formalizing our mutual relationship and look forward to interesting research outcomes. Industrial liaison of students will create confidence and the training, internships and working sessions will benefit them in their career development,” Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid commented.

Mahlo-Solutions in Demand for Technical Textiles

Leading German machine builder for automatic weft straighteners and online quality control systems Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG is showcasing at upcoming CINTE Techtextil from 4 to 6 September in Shanghai. The show is considered to be one of the most important trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens in Asia.

Mahlo informs with its China representative Frank Fei about the latest developments in measuring and controlling of quality critical parameters within the running web. The centerpiece, almost everything revolves around at the Mahlo booth, is the web gauging system Qualiscan QMS-12. “The tool gauges

parameters such as basis weight, thickness or moisture across the entire width”, Frank Fei explains. To achieve this, up to five sensors are traversing simultaneously on sturdy scanners, constantly collecting data and transmit them to the interface. In use are radioactive sources as well as infrared, laser, microwaves and air permeability sensors.

“At CINTE, we anticipate a strong interest in our infrared sensor Infrascope NIR”, so Fei. Particularly for nonwoven producers in the spun lace industry – an emerging sector in Asia – the sensor is the ideal tool. It measures the absorption of infrared energy while identifying basis weight and moisture at the same time. Those important parameters can be measured and controlled precisely in a spun lace unit. Due to a very high spectral resolution, the sensor can distinguish between components with very similar IR absorption. This capability allows the highly selective individual measurement of a specific component or layer in the web without interference from other components. And all without the use of radioactive isotopes. With the Qualiscan QMS, not only the product quality is improved but also raw materials can be saved.

Integration Time Between Archroma and M.Dohmen

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, announced the further integration of M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors.

This went into effect on May 1, 2018 and follows Archroma expanding its stake in M. Dohmen from 49% to 75% in September 2017. The increased integration will be implemented in North America and Korea. In North America, 20 employees from M. Dohmen USA, Inc joined Archroma.

In Korea, Archroma recently acquired 100% of the shares of M. Dohmen Korea Ltd. The company’s name has been changed to Archroma Korea Ltd on April 30, 2018, and its 75 employees will now work under the Archroma brand.

“The further integration of M. Dohmen into Archroma will enable us to strengthen our offerings to textile markets worldwide” explains Marcos Furrer, President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties and Innovation, Archroma. “Regardless of their location, our customers will continue to benefit from our broad and complementary product portfolios, our dedication to providing outstanding global customer service and our strong commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

Collaboration Between Archroma and WWF Pakistan for Sustainable Water Protection Solutions

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Pakistan). The MoU paves the way for formal cooperation between the two institutions in Pakistan, leading to projects mainly related to water conservation in the textile industry there.

Both parties officially signed the MoU in a recent ceremony at the Archroma Center of Excellence in Karachi. The MoU will build strong ties between Archroma and WWF Pakistan’s initiatives in promoting sustainable practices within the textile industry using Archroma’s technical expertise toward zero liquid discharge, software simulations in production lines, and the Archroma ONE WAY Process Simulator tool, together with research methodologies in reducing water consumption and re-using water. Both institutions will jointly strive to raise awareness amongst the textile sector through training programs by introducing new process models with a futuristic approach.

Speaking at the occasion, Mujtaba Rahim, CEO, Archroma Pakistan Limited, said: “We at Archroma are very proud to join hands with WWF for a cause that is close to our heart, and we strongly believe that water conservation is the key to the sustainability of our industry. We believe in continuous improvement, and through this important initiative we are confident to improve upon the depleting water reserves, especially in Sindh. Water conservation by recycling and reuse will definitely save fresh-water reservoirs. The technical expertise of our team and enthusiasm of WWF Pakistan in conserving natural resources is an ideal partnership and we look forward to working on many projects in the future.”

“WWF Pakistan has a number of conservation projects to its credit. Currently, water is one of our major focus areas. The MoU with Archroma adds to our endeavor in water-saving measures. Our joint collaboration with the textile sector will definitely result in introducing production facility improvements”, commented Zahid Sultan Jadoon, Director Operations, WWF Pakistan.

The offices of Archroma Pakistan in Karachi are certified “Green Offices” and Archroma is a recipient of the prestigious “Eco Innovation Award” from WWF Pakistan. The Sustainable Effluent Treatment (SET) plant of Archroma at Jamshoro is a unique facility within the industry of textile dyes and chemicals manufacturing. It operates toward zero liquid discharge having 80% water recovery thus saving millions of liters of fresh water.