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.

WPT Nonwovens Corporation Chooses A.Celli Nonwovens for its US Investment

The important US company WPT specialized in the production and sale of nonwoven products for a wide range of markets (consumer, filtration, industrial, medical), has allocated a 6-million dollar investment for a state-of-the-art production plant.

The installation of the line is earmarked for the first quarter of 2018 and the A.Celli supply, that in addition to the “Stream” Master Roll winding system also includes a Tandem Rewinder and a 6-Unit Spooling System, will be installed in the former Nestaway building, the company’s new facilities in Beaver Dam, Kentucky.

We’re excited that WPT Nonwovens chose Beaver Dam to grow their business“, states Paul Sandefur, the city’s Mayor. “Any time you have a business willing to make an investment in the community and add new jobs, it’s a good thing. Good news just keeps coming Beaver Dam’s way and that’s good for all Ohio County!

A.Celli Nonwovens S.p.A.

A.Celli Nonwovens offers a comprehensive range of Master Roll Winders and Slitter-Rewinders featuring state-of-the-art solutions customized to spunbond, spunmelt and spunlace products with a special focus on speed, preserving product characteristics.

The machinery range also includes ancillary technology such as automatic knives positioning, automatic core cutting, unwinders, spooling systems and multi-functional lines with printing systems.

In addition to its Italian facilities, the A.Celli Group is present in Istanbul, Turkey (A.Celli Turchia), in Shanghai (A.Celli Shanghai Machinery Co. Ltd.) in USA (A.Celli International Inc.).

RSG Automation Technics is Honored as Growth Champion

For a long time now, RSG Automation Technics, based in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart, has established itself internationally as a world-leader for special facilities in the field of fully or semi-automated processing of narrow band textiles. This Success was impressively proven.

The recognized and renown business journal “FOCUS Business” determined the top 500 from a database of 3.6 million German companies, which were able to establish the highest increase in sales in the years 2013 to 2016.

With an increase in sales of 30%, RSG is on first place among German textile machine manufacturers.

Among all German machine and facility manufacturers RSG is on an outstanding 15th place, and is on place 378 Germany-wide. For this RSG was now awarded to be “growth champion 2018” by FOCUS Business.

“This historic success is of course a milestone for our company and all employees. Therefore, our special thanks go, of course, to our customers for their long years of trust”, comments managing director Dr. Andreas Ecker proudly, and Sales Director Maik Eisenhardt is happy “that the innovative steps of the last years were confirmed by this success. The task now is to build upon this, and to continue to internationally strengthen the RSG brand.”

The automation solutions of RSG allow fully automated processing and packaging of products, such as lifting and lashing straps, loops, seat and safety belts, but also hook-and-loop materials, medical textiles, and filter materials.

Great Success from Turkish Engineers: Invisible Military Camouflage

The invisible fabric, developed by Turkish engineers and not caught by radar and thermal cameras, is also being tried as military camouflage. This technology is now available in only three countries worldwide including Turkey, and is planned to be exported to NATO countries under the approval and consent of the Ministry of National Defense.

The ‘multispectral cloaking network’ found by two scientists at Hacettepe Technopolis was developed at Sun Textile R & D Center. The invisible fabric tested at the Turkish Armed Forces began to be produced in Torbalı Mill after passing the tests successfully.

This product, which is the fruit of 100% domestic engineering, has only been developed by the US and Israel until now. So Turkey became the third country.

Doesn’t get caught to thermal cameras by dispersing the body heat in a controlled manner

The fabric, which can disperse the heat generated by human, tank or ammunition without causing color contrast, provides protection against thermal cameras while also started being used to hide the command center and ammunitions.

In his statement on the subject, Sabri Unluturk, Chairman of Sun Holding, pointed out that the camouflage produced from this fabric is currently in the test phase and added:

‘These garments are designed to keep our troops hidden from night vision binoculars at night operations. They’re on trial now. Military units are also testing. The body releases heat in a controlled manner and does not appear in thermal cameras. With the fabrics we have developed, we have entered NATO’s approved supplier list. In this context, we receive orders from many NATO countries. We will also start exporting with the approval and permission of our Ministry of National Defense.’

From steel vests to armored vehicle seats

Continuing to his words, Unluturk told that the camouflage fabric will also be used in an armored personnel carrier devoloping by a Turkish defense industry company for Saudi Arabia: ‘In our R & D lab, we are currently working on developing new products for many different kinds of military uses. These include vests with shock absorbing capability to be worn into steel vests, preventive seats and floors for armored personnel carriers etc.’

Capacity to cover 1 million square meters

Sabri Unluturk, noted that the products they are currently developing could also be evaluated for civilian use in the future and continued his words as follows:

‘Many developments are first launched in the military field. There is an intensive work on the defense industry. The state is also making significant efforts for the nationalization of the defense industry, transferring resources. It’s a very good investment. Unmanned aerial vehicles, domestic tanks, armored vehicles and many other products are now producing in Turkey. We are also ‘pulling out all the stops’ in the field of textiles. I believe that Turkey will advance much more in this field and develop products that can compete globe. We are talking about a field with a very high export potential and there are very few companies in the field of defense textiles in the world. We also have an important price advantage. By doing a separate investment for this business, we have completed a facility in Torbalı OIZ (Organized Industrial Zone) that meets NATO’s safety standards. During this year’s production, we gave TAF a multispectral cloaking network covering the area of several hundred thousand square meters. In the coming period we will reach a cloaking capacity of 1 million square meters per year.’

ANDRITZ to Supply a Complete Needlepunch Line for Geotextiles to Manifattura Fontana

ANDRITZ has received an order from Manifattura Fontana, based in Valstagna, Italy, and part of the Belgian technical textile company Sioen Industries, to supply a neXline needlepunch eXcelle line for the production of geotextiles. Start-up of the line is scheduled for October 2018.

The scope of supply includes all of the machines from opening and blending to an automatic packaging system. The line incorporates cutting-edge ANDRITZ technologies and equipment, such as:

  • a TCF-X high-capacity chute feed capable of processing long staple fibers
  • an eXcelle card with 3.5 m working width
  • the state-of-the-art ProDyn and Isolayer systems for weight evenness
  • high-speed needlelooms with the innovative Zeta drafters to fine-tune tensile strength parameters and boost the production capacity for lightweight fabrics.

For the first time in Italy, the line will feature air-through bonding capabilities in combination with calendering. It is targeted to become the most productive line in Europe.

50 Years of Experience in the Nonwoven Sector

Manifattura Fontana joined Sioen Industries, a publicly listed Belgian company specialized in technical textile solutions, in 2016. It has been manufacturing nonwoven geotextiles from synthetic fibers for nearly 50 years and is developing new solutions and improved products for separation, filtration, protection, drainage, and reinforcement. Manifattura Fontana is a leading company in the global geotextile markets and provides its customers with added-value geotextiles for many applications, such as the construction of roads, railways, reservoirs, dams, and tunnels, as well as for earthworks, foundations, erosion control, drainage, waste disposal, or containment.

Evteks’ Fabric on NASA Radar

Evteks, which operates on high-tech textile products in Denizli, has produced 100 % cotton fabric that is flame resistant and protects against radiation. If an agreement can be reached with NASA, the fabric that will be used in astronauts and pilots’ underwear has cardinal significance for transferring the properties such as flame resistant and radiation-proof in synthetic fibers to 100 % cotton fabrics.

Having a 20% higher absorption capacity than synthetic products, the protection of the fabric against radiation containing electromagnetic contaminants makes the fabric considerable important especially for babies and children’s textiles. Likewise, occupational groups that are likely to be exposed to radiation are potentially inclusive.

İsa Dal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evteks, who also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Denizli Exporters’ Association, explained that the fabrics, which have functionalities such as antimicrobial, flame resistant, quick drying and fly-repellent and have increasingly used in the world, contain synthetic fibers. In addition, Dal added that though these fabrics brought advantages, they were not natural by expressing that their goals were to develop both natural and functional fabric and that they achieved this. Saying that they tested the products in the laboratories of Pamukkale University. Explaining that these products were a result of 6 years of work, he stated that they made patent applications after the results came out, as they wanted.

“We believe that this product is suitable for pilots and astronauts because of the antibacterial feature that rapidly removes the sweat and the humidity exposed to radiation especially from the body. We have started negotiating with companies that make provision for NASA. If we can come to an agreement, the fabric produced in Denizli will be able to be used as underwear by NASA astronauts. We think that our completely natural fabric will be preferred in terms of comfort because the present underwear is synthetic. We will also offer a natural alternative to the current underwear of Pilots with a feature of late-combustion. After all, no fabric can be as healthy and comfortable as cotton.”

EcoWipes Invests in Voith-Trützschler’s WLS Technology

EcoWipes, a very young (est.2009) and innovative company, that has become a leading manufacturer and converter of private label products for the hydro-entangled nonwoven segment, has now already ordered its third nonwovens production line.

EcoWipes has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability and intensively monitors local and global market trends. In view of the rising consumer interest in biodegradable materials, EcoWipes opt for partners Trützschler Nonwovens and Voith to supply the new production line. The progressive and sustainable WLS (wet-laid spunlacing) concept developed by the two companies for manufacturing wet-laid hydroentangled nonwovens is a perfect fit for the EcoWipes product range. It is ideally suited for producing flushable wipes but also recyclable and biodegradable products. These materials meet consumer preferences for greater sustainability at the end of the product cycle. The sale of this fifth WLS facility is testimony to the successful collaboration between Trützschler Nonwovens and Voith as established technology leaders in the wet-laid hydroentangled nonwoven segment.

The new production line at EcoWipes is a flexible wet-dry nonwoven facility. Voith is supplying the HydroFormer, one of the main components of the new line. The HydroFormer concept builds on Voith’s long experience in the paper and pulp industry. With HydroFormer technology the suspension is highly diluted, so nonwovens can be produced entirely from cellulose, a renewable and cost-effective raw material.

Trützschler Nonwovens is not just responsible for the hydroentangling, drying and reeling up, but will also supply its latest high-speed card. This flexible configuration enables EcoWipes to produce a broad product range of wet-laid/spunlaced or carded/spunlaced nonwovens.

Drylock Technologies Acquired Two Leading Producers, Capricho and Mardam

Drylock Technologies, headquartered in Zele Belgium, has agreed to simultaneously acquire two competing Brazilian personal care companies, Mardam and Capricho. Both Mardam and Capricho companies have their headquarters and operations in the São Paulo region of Brazil – the largest metropolitan consumer market of Latin America.

The management teams of both Mardam and Capricho will jointly manage and expand the combined business under the Drylock name, and where Drylock will be the 100% shareholder of the new Brazilian companies.

Brazil is the world’s 4th largest baby care market with annualized baby diaper and pant sales of 1.7 billion EUR. The Brazilian adult care market is currently 450 million EUR. Drylock Brazil will have combined annualized sales of 100 million EUR and will represent 7% market share in the baby segment and 8% market share in the adult care segment.

Both Mardam and Capricho have demonstrated sustained growth in the Brazilian retail market primarily driven behind their own company brands, as well as private label initiatives within the South East of Brazil. Operationally both Mardam and Capricho have well invested production sites that have been managed to world class standards whilst both running as family owned companies. Drylock will continue this tradition of both Mardam and Capricho being family owned companies – but will bring a new innovation and category expansion agenda to the Brazilian market and the brands and customers of Drylock Brazil.

Drylock currently has sales in both the baby and adult category in all major South American markets and sees the acquisition of two major local Brazilian companies as a natural next step for the company’s development. Given the strong presence of modern retail formats in both Brazil and Latin America, and the longterm growth potential of private label within the personal care segment across the region, Drylock sees Latin America as an important part of the company growth strategy.

Bart Van Malderen, CEO and Chairman of Drylock Technologies on completion of this fourth and fifth acquisition of Drylock said ‘’It is great to join forces with the two families of Mardam and Capricho, to have the opportunity to bring Drylock innovation and passion for the customer to Brazil as well as the broader Latin American market in support of expanding Drylock’s global footprint as an innovative leading global player in the personal care industry”.

Bruno Dametto, on behalf of the Mardam company said ‘’Working with both Drylock and Capricho now creates a new long term player in the Brazilian personal care market – this is good news for our customers who we will be able to serve even better than before with innovation developments and range expansions. This is very exciting for our customers, and our employees‘’.

Dirceu Forti Filho, on behalf of the Capricho company said ‘’The opportunity is great for both Capricho and Mardam – building a stronger team to compete in the market whilst making use of the Drylock passion to innovate for our customers both with our current branded platforms as well as private label’’.

Drylock Technologies: Plans consolidated revenues for 2018 of more than €400 million.

Drylock employs, post-acquisition, over 2000 people and has its headquarters in Zele Belgium and production sites in Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, USA and now Brazil. Drylock is specialized in the supply of private label in baby diaper, feminine care and adult incontinence to retailers and distributors. Drylock’s baby brand is Magics, femcare brand are Vivi and Ciao Lady, and adult brands are Dailee and Presto.

Mardam Employs 400 people

Mardam is headquartered in Poá, São Paulo, Brazil. It employs 400 people. The executive leadership team are Bruno Dametto, Lucas Dametto and Ibere Dametto. Mardam was founded as a company in 1997. Mardam brands include Evolution, Baby Willy and Smilinguido Baby.

Capricho: 43 Years of Experience

Capricho is headquartered in Capivari, São Paulo State, Brazil. It employs 400 people. The CEO of Capricho is Dirceu Forti Filho. Capricho was founded as a baby care company in 1975. Capricho brands include amongst others Bummis, Enxutita, Vic, Sensaty and the licensed Lion King, Snoopy, Pica Pau and Garfield Baby.