Ipeker Makes a Difference in Textile Products with Vegan Fabric Production

Ipeker company, founded in 1930, started its business life with the production of silk in Ottoman period at the end of the 1800s and then continued with fabric manufacturing. Ipeker, one of the most important companies of the world, started to use vegan fabrics produced with V-Label certificate in home textile.

Currently exporting to 52 countries, Ipeker has completed the testing process and produces vegan fabrics with the V-Label certificate given by the European Vegetarian Union. Using its experience in home textiles, the company is the pioneer of the world in this field. With offices in Germany, England and Italy, Ipeker serves with vegan and vegan cupro fabrics in a wide range of countries including Germany, France, Italy, America, Japan, Australia and Canada.

Ipeker, is the first and only manufacturer position in cupro fabric in Turkey, working hard on the production of vegan fabrics to produce more environmentally friendly fabrics. Ipeker Board Member İhsan Ipeker, who stated that there is no animal protein at any stage of the produced fabrics said; “This is guaranteed by DNA testing. Its are also stated as process in the Oeko-Tex certifications. We are the first company in the world to realize this. Our fabrics travel around the world with TR code. This is another source of pride for us.”

Vegan Cupro Fabric slow down the aging process

The vegan cupro fabric, which is produced from cotton wastes, is mixed into the soil within three months when it is buried. With this fabric, the company aims to protect the rights of life rather than using animals as a product. In addition, the company Ipeker argues that animals are not a property of people, even a piece of their bodies should not be used for the comfort of people. This fabric, which is sensitive to human skin, contains the least amount of detergent on it. It slows down permeating chemicals used in washing to human skin. It has climatic properties in terms of skin sensitivity. Thanks to its non-electrifying feature, it enables the body functions to work more smoothly.

In addition, Ipeker developed Vegan Sleep Technologies as a result of the work of its 35 people R & D team. The anti-aging pillows produced by the company eliminate the factors that accelerate aging, slow down this process as much as possible.

Turkish Company Produces, German Army Uses

Developed by the Turkish company İltema, the fabric which was able to heat dissipate for a long time with low voltage was tested by the company in Germany and found successful. The fabric used by divers in the German army allows divers to stay bottom of the sea for longer.

İltema, which is focuses on heat dissipation technology established by two Turkish entrepreneurs at Dokuz Eylül University Technology Development Zone (DEPARK) continues to work on the development of new generation high-tech materials. The company, which started working in 2016 with the support of TÜBİTAK, has achieved successful results in heating technologies. İltema exhibits its products at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). The company manufactures fabrics with yarns which are specially developed and coated with solutions. 100% locally produced fabrics heats with varying voltages. Fabrics which was heated with low-voltage do not threaten human health. Products can get heated by 48 volts and below.

Heat-Dissipating Fabrics With Low-Voltage Were First Exported To Germany

Smart fabrics, which preferred by the world’s leading countries and commercialised as “a new generation of electric blankets”, tested to be usedhybrid cars and in the defense industry in Germany and Turkey. The smart fabric, which was first exported to Germany, is used by the company there to make clothes produced for the use of divers in the German army. The divers of the German army, thanks to the clothes produced by using these fabrics, increased the 6-minute time stay in the bottom of the sea to 15 minutes.

The firm, which has been exporting to kazakhstan a tent that does not the snow settle on it, also has an anti-icing system on roads and stairs. This fabric, which is more cost effective, performs well in outdoor products such as automotive and defense industry. This fabric which is the most important feature is saving energy, saves 40 percent of heating in electric vehicles.

The company, which produces solar-heated coats for long-term stays in outside, also prepares heated tents and sleeping bags. In addition to being able to warm up with daylight, the jacket can also be charge mobile phones.

New Polyols Reduce Carbon Footprint From Covestro

Under the name cardyon™, Covestro is developing and marketing new polyether carbonate polyols that are produced with the aid of carbon dioxide (CO2). With Desmopan® 37385A the company now offers the first representative of a new series of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) containing polyether carbonate polyols

Compared to conventional TPU materials, the new TPU products leave a lower carbon footprint and help close the carbon cycle. They also conserve fossil resources and, unlike many bio-based materials, do not compete with food production.

“With the new TPU, our customers can reduce the carbon footprint of their products and as a result play a pioneering role in sustainability vis-à-vis their competitors,” explains Georg Fuchte, TPU expert at Covestro. “This is especially true for companies in the consumer goods industry, which often manufacture products with a short lifespan.”

Excellent mechanical properties

Desmopan® 37385A has a hardness of 85 Shore A. Its mechanical properties are at least at the level of conventional TPU grades of similar hardness, and even exceed some of them. For example, it has a tensile strength of 36 megapascals. The elongation at break reaches 660 percent (DIN 53504). The plastic is designed for extrusion, but is also suitable for injection molding. “The application spectrum covers typical applications of conventional TPU grades with comparable hardness and ranges from soles and upper shoe components to sportswear, handles and knobs to packaging for sensitive electronics,” says Fuchte.

Different product variants

Covestro plans to expand the new TPU series with variants of different hardness. A product with a hardness of 95 Shore A, for example, whose melt cures rapidly during processing, is well advanced in development. “We are thus targeting applications in which economic production in short cycle times is particularly important,” explains Fuchte. Covestro cooperates closely with companies and research  institutions to use CO2 technology as a synthesis platform for other large-scale chemical raw materials. For example, work is underway on new CO2- based polyols for rigid polyurethane foams that could be used, for example, in the thermal insulation of buildings, in automobiles and in sports equipment. At the Dormagen plant, Covestro already operates a production plant that produces CO2-based polyols for flexible polyurethane foams. The latter are used in the commercial production of upholstered furniture and mattresses.

Alternative Adhesive for Textile Industry from Kordsa

Kordsa, which operates in the field of composite technologies with tire and construction reinforcing, has produce a new adhesive collaborating with Continental. This new technology can be the new standard adhesive of the textile reinforcing materials industry.

Kordsa introduced its new invention which it developed with Continental at the beginning of 2018 at Tire Technology in Hannover. Kordsa Technology Director Devrim Özaydın said that, “Since 2008 we have been working on an environmentally friendly adhesive formula with a non-resorcinol and formaldehyde free in the field of tire technologies. While we are developing the chemical structure, Continental has also developed application-related technologies.”

Devrim Özaydın said that they think this new technology could be the new standard adhesive of textile reinforcing materials sector. Özaydın added, ”We will present all information to the world with the right of  free  use in order to be the new standard of the industry.” Devrim Özaydın stated that they achieved to change the formula used in the tire cord fabric bath within the framework of this cooperation and stated that the formula they have reached is more ecofriendly formula that can be an alternative to the resorcinol formaldehyde formula which has been used for 80 years. In addition, Kordsa carry out studies on new technologies to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by taking the environmental effects into consideration in the İzmit R & D center. For example, it developed a new concept in the finishing process with the Minidip project , while the ABC project achieved an average energy saving of 10 to 15 percent on twisting machines.

Kordsa has 218 approved patents

In the first half of 2018, Kordsa is among the global leaders with the number of patents published in the patent research database. Özaydın said, “We increased our total patent portfolio by approximately 60 percent in 2017. As of July 2018, we have 174 inventions worldwide, 717 patent applications and 218 approved patents.”

Awarded R & D Centers

Kordsa’s first R & D center in Izmit was established in 2008. In 2016, with the investment of 30 million dollars, they established the second R & D centers in the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, which they implemented together with Sabancı University. This center is the first carbon cloth and prepreg manufacturers who support the basic research to the production of prototype parts in Turkey.

Kordsa to expand its global footprint in aerospace industry with a new US investment Kordsa has signed a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 96% share of Axiom Materials Acquisition LLC, total enterprise value of USD 181 million, which provides advanced composite for aerospace and industrial applications. composite technologies that we entered with our first investment in 2013. We realized Composite Technologies Center of Excellence investment in 2016. As part of our inorganic growth targets, following the acquisition of three composite firms in 2018, we have taken the necessary steps to acquire yet another composite company based in the US. In order to leave behind long approval processes in aircraft parts and space vehicles, we set out to acquire Axiom Materials, an approved supplier for aerospace industry. With this acquisition, we will lead the advanced composite technologies for the next generation industrial and transportation applications, as well as the aerospace industry.

Akbaşlar Tekstil Conducts R & D Studies For Electronic Textiles That Control Health Status

Turkey’s largest “integrated textile enterprises” in the area Akbaşlar Tekstil gives great importance to textile R & D activities. It succeed innovations in textile sector by producing heat and cold resistant fabrics in outerwear.

Akbaşlar Tekstil R&D Center; was established in 2015 by getting approval from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. The company, which has Turkey’s 12th R & D Center, having a team of 40 people specialized tasks. In the company’s R & D Center; production and process development, product development, design, patent, chemistry analysis and physical testing units, women’s outerwear, sportswear and defense industry pro- jects are being carried out.

Serving the group of women’s outerwear and sport technical textiles, the company works with sustainable fiber products in outerwear. Akbaslar Textile takes care to use chemicals containing natural raw materials in its products. The company that keeps pace with technology and makes innovations; wind and water impermeable, providing moisture transfer, produces products create air conditioning effect that heat and cold resistant. At the same time, the company produces towel fabrics that can quickly absorb water and evaporate quickly. In addition to working on women’s outerwear and sportswear, Akbaşlar Tekstil has been conducting R&D studies on electronic textiles recently. The company carry out works on products that measuring and analyzing one’s vital functions and monitoring the health status of the person in electronic textile. The product produced by the company as a result of R & D activities will provide pulse, heartbeat and breath control. Aiming to increase the number of patents and utility models in electronic textile products, Akbaşlar Tekstil aims to realize EU projects among its targets.

Berteks Produces Odorless and Non-flammability Fabric

Berteks, which has been in operation for nearly a century, continues to provide services by adding strength to its power every day. Growing with the knowledge and experience that goes on for three generations, Berteks develops itself with new technologies. The company, which has a high standard of production quality, has more than a thousand employees.
Berteks manufactures 30 million sqm of fantasy curtain fabrics annually in the machine park where the latest model weaving machines are located. The company exports to more than 200 countries on 5 continents and holds the field in the home textile market. About 80 percent of the company’s production is fancy yarns, drapery and upholstery fabrics, decorative roller blinds, zebra, pleat and polyester screen curtains, home decoration and glass balcony curtain systems, cartel and book production.
About 40% of the production is made up of technical textiles, the company has 22 registered brands, 2 patents, 8 beneficial models and 16 designs.
Berteks, which allocates approximately 5% of its turnover to R&D, has been serving in the R & D department with its team of 45 people since December 2016. The company aims to develop more inno- vative, modern, value-added products with its R & D center. The company has been working on energy-producing cur- tains lately. Nonlammability feature is developed in fabrics produced with special coating. In addition, these products will be provided with a high level of dirt-repellent antibacterial.
Berteks also has an acoustic curtain. The curtain is made of fabric that absorbs sound waves. The fabric that minimizes the sound in the environment is preferred in many areas. The product is mainly sold to European countries.
Because of the glass fiber used in roller blind PVC fabrics, Berteks produced polyester screen fabric instead of odorless fabrics in summer months. This product is odorless and it has a Non-flammability feature.
The company also has TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) 1501 projects. With the developed machine project, an increase in productivity is achieved and a work that strengthens the industry 4.0. The company’s has fabric projects which clean production will be in its 1501 projects. At the same time, Berteks is developing university-industry coopera- tion with 1505 projects.

Australian Researchers Support Smart Garment Technology for Parkinson’s Patients

A team of researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney has received a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to test eHealth and smart garment technologies to prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.

NeuRA’s Dr Matthew Brodie and Associate Professor Kim Delbaere, who lead the study, are working with industry partner Sensoria Health and aim to make StandingTall-PD the leading eHealth solution for maximising mobility and preventing falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.

“Existing dopamine therapies offer benefit in treating motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s but may not alleviate gait and balance challenges,” says Jamie L. Hamilton, PhD, MJFF Associate Director. She adds, “this project has the potential to become an affordable option to address gait and balance issues and improve overall quality-of-life for people with Parkinson’s.”

The neuro-rehabilitation program, known as StandingTall-PD, uses visual, audio and sensory cues to help rewire the parts of the brain that control walking in people with Parkinson’s. The program aims to prevent freezing-of-gait and falls, and enhance participants’ independence.

How does the program work?

Participants will be given a NeuRA training mat with colour-coded stepping targets, a pair of Sensoria Smart Socks, an iPad and phone. The program, practised daily, will encourage participants to step on coloured stepping targets that match a series of colours displayed on their iPad. At the same time, they will listen to rhythmic auditory cues like music and a metronome beat that are synchronised with the vibrating Smart Socks.

The combination of visual, audio and sensory elements helps to form new connections in less affected parts of the brain, leading to improved walking ability.

The program enables participants to self-manage and monitor their own progress via an app on their phone. The app can also trigger stimuli during everyday activities, such as vibration in their Smart Socks, if they are in danger of experiencing freezing-of- gait, falls or if they show signs of shuffling feet.

Clinicians can also monitor participants’ progress remotely and adjust the program to provide ongoing and personalised continuity of care.

Lenzing’s New Brand VEOCEL™ Responds to Increasing Concerns for Sustainability in the Nonwoven Market

Producing quality fibers from renewable wood raw materials with environmentally friendly and innovative technologies, Lenzing Group has conducted a survey with 3.900 women consumers of wet wipes and hygienic products living in Europe, North America and Asia.

The survey was conducted by SSI, an independent market research company. When consumers in the survey were asked which environmental concerns were more important for them, biodegradability (over 60%) and recycling (approx. 45%) was the top answers.

Eco-friendly production is an issue, not only the consumers, but also the manufacturers and brands focus on. Especially the manufacturers of wet wipes and toilet wipes are making significant investments in this area in line with the increasing awareness on the flushableness and durability of fibers obtained from petrochemicals. Setting the global standards in fibers,Lenzing has taken a very important step in this field last year. The group’s brand, VEOCEL ™, positioned in the nonwoven industry, has announced the Eco Disperse technology, which enables production of flushable toilet wipes.

Flushable Products

Wolfgang Plasser, Global Business Management Vice President at Lenzing AG Nonwoven Group, said that they are continuing their work with the VEOCEL ™ brand in the nonwoven market since June 2018. Plasser said, “The VEOCEL™ fibers are certified clean and safe, biodegradable, from botanic origin and produced in an environmentally responsible production process.” The most important advantage of the Eco Disperse technology products, which are considered to be the most advanced fibers in the brand’s portfolio, is that the product is completely soluble after mixing with the water thanks to its short cutting length and strong fine diameter. These features make it possible to flush products such as wet wipes. Wolfgang Plasser, Global Business Management Vice President at Lenzing AG Nonwoven Group, said that “You need to pass a series of seven tests to reach flushability level and to be able to claim that your product is flushable.” These groups of tests were launched by INDA and EDANA together in the US and Europe under what is referred to as GD4. This gives a guideline to players in the flushable nonwovens market. The application requires to meet two targets. One is to be able to do the cleaning job and the other is to disintegrate completely while flushed without blocking the sewage systems. This was a tricky thing and took us a while to develop such a product.”

Designed to be used in wet toilet wipes, this fiber contains nonwoven fabrics with 20% of the new Veocel Lyocell fibres and 80% of wood pulp. The fiber could reach 90% disintegration within 30 minutes, faster than the passing INDA/EDANA benchmark.

It can also be used in the baby wipes!

Stating that as Lenzing they focus on 100% biodegradable, single-use nonwoven segment, Wolfgang Plasser said that the wet wipes products come to the fore in the category of single-use products. Plasser also said that they foresee that the VEOCEL™ with Eco Disperse technology, which has a wet strength of about 50% higher than viscose fiber, will be used in non-flushable industrial products and baby wipes in the coming period.

A sustainable alternative

Uğur Uyansoy, Nonwoven Segment Business Development and Sales Manager at Lenzing Elyaf AŞ., said that “Turkey is a developing market in the nonwovens and is open to sustainable solutions. Thanks to their botanical origin and their biodegradability, the VEOCEL ™ fibers are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative. Our fibers can be used in the body wipes, wet wipes, baby wipes, wet toilet wipes, and even for the surfaces in addition to beauty products such as make-up cleansing wipes. The added value benefits of the VEOCEL ™ Lyocell fibers, such as high absorbency, natural smoothness and biodegradability can gain a different perspective for the nonwoven market.”

Lenzing Ranked first by Canopy for Sustainable Wood Sourcing

The Lenzing Group has once again been rated the number one producer of wood-based fibers (out of 31 globally) in the world with respect to the responsible procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. This is the conclusion of the Hot Button Report published recently by the Canadian environmental organization Canopy.

“We are proud of this top ranking. It underpins our role as a leader in sustainability and gives our customers confidence that we have the right practices in place to prevent the use of wood and pulp from ancient and endangered forests”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing. “Sustainable wood and pulp sourcing has long been given the highest priority by the Lenzing Group. Forest protection is crucial for Lenzing, not least because of the loss of biodiversity and climate change, which are becoming ever more important issues.” Responsible sourcing and sustainability are key elements of Lenzing’s corporate strategy. They help preserve global forests and prevent deforestation, which in turn make a substantial contribution to climate protection.

The Hot Button Report proves once more that there is a low risk for buyers using Lenzing fibers. Lenzing was one of the first wood-based fiber producers to complete and publicly release the results of its CanopyStyle Audit in 2017 confirming this. In 2019, the company will complete its second annual audit.

LENZING’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN SUSTAINABILITY

In 2018, Lenzing adopted additional due diligence measures when sourcing from high-risk countries, a decision positively noted by Canopy. Lenzing’s innovative TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology, in which cotton scraps are partly used as a raw material, have been welcomed by the market as a product that takes pressure off the use of wood as a raw material. REFIBRA™ technology is the most advanced concept in the wood-based fiber market that clearly incorporates circular economy features on a commercial level.

Canopy also praised Lenzing for using its influence to help advance a conservation legacy in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest. Lenzing communicated its support and encouragement for formal protection of the Broadback Forest to government and First Nation decision makers.

Orion Engineered Carbons Announces Investment In Acetylene Carbon Black To Drive Technological Strength In Batteries And Other Premium Segments

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE:OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, announced on November 1, 2018, that it has reached an agreement to acquire Acetylene Carbon Black manufacturer Société du Noir d’Acétylène de l’Aubette, SAS [SN2A] from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. SN2A was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, near Marseille, France.

Acetylene Black is an ultra-pure premium Specialty Carbon Black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material.

“SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. With this platform we are going to significantly strengthen our capabilities in the lithium-ion battery market and broaden our position in other attractive markets,” said Corning F. Painter, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Engineered Carbons. “This bolt-on acquisition is a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on Specialty Carbon Blacks. We look forward to welcoming the SN2A team to Orion and bringing Acetylene Black into our portfolio.”

The agreement with LyondellBasell includes provisions for a secured long-term feedstock supply. Orion plans to strengthen production capabilities at the Berre l’Etang facility.

The transaction closed on October 31, 2018.

About Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC) Orion is a worldwide supplier of Carbon Black. We produce a broad range of Carbon Blacks that include high-performance Specialty Gas Blacks, Furnace Blacks, Lamp Blacks, Thermal Blacks and other Carbon Blacks that tint, colorize and enhance the performance of polymers, plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, textile fibers, adhesives and sealants, tires, and mechanical rubber goods such as automotive belts and hoses. Orion runs 13 global production sites and four Applied Technology Centers. The group has approximately 1,409 employees worldwide. For more information visit our website www.orioncarbons.com.