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Friday, 27 February 2009

Radici Group opts for sustainable development

Radici Yarn SpA, an Italian company belonging to the Radici Group Fibres business, has obtained UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management system related to the development, manufacture and marketing of polyamide 6 polymer and polyamide 6 and 66 master batches, staple fibre and continuous filament yarn at its Villa d'Ogna (BG) and Pistoia (PT) production sites.


NanoHorizons expands global distribution of SmartSilver

State College, PA —NanoHorizons Inc., a leader in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care, and industrial applications, has appointed Toshinobu Hirohata as an authorized sales and technical support agent for the company’s antimicrobial nanosilver additives, marketed globally under the SmartSilver performance brand. Mr. Hirohata is based in Japan. A graduate of Osaka University of Foreign Studies (currently Osaka University), Mr. Hirohata has over 30 years of experience in the textile business with a special expertise in testing performance additives and integrating them into the fabric production process.


Successful application of SigNature DNA to woollen textiles

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of DNA-based security solutions completed the successful application of SigNature DNA at every stage of the woolen textile manufacturing process in Yorkshire, UK. This first phase of the "DNA in Textiles" project was fully funded by Yorkshire Forward in collaboration with the Textile Centre of Excellence, and its consortium of companies. Applied DNA is embarking on the next phase of its wool protection program, a multimillion dollar commercialization program, which will likely include second-phase funding from Yorkshire Forward.


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

CuteCircuit’s HugShirt gets Ministerial approval

Wearing the HugShirt and smiling broadly, the UK Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Mervyn Davies received a tele-hug transmitted from across the pavilion. The latest prototype of the HugShirt was unveiled last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest trade fair for the mobile telecommunication industry. The Minister was not the only one to try the HugShirt in Barcelona where all of the 45,000 visitors were invited to the CuteCircuit booth to try it on and experience the HugShirt for themselves.


Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Japanese apparel giant backs Australian land management initiative

Sydney - Japanese apparel giant Onward Kashiyama has contributed JPY10 million to a major Australian environmental initiative, the Australian Land Management Certification System (ALMCS).This first-of-its-kind contribution will go to support the further development and implementation of the ALMCS.


Ahlstrom’s Disruptor filtration media wins 2009 Visionary Award

Helsinki - Ahlstrom’s Disruptor PAC , a leading edge technology for water filtration received INDA’s Visionary Award during VISION 2009 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans. Attendees to the Vision 2009 Conference, held from January 26-29th, selected the winning product by voting for their favourite from a field of five nominees. The Visionary Award is presented annually to a new consumer product that utilizes nonwoven fabric in its final form.

Download the Disruptor presentation in PDF format

Hexcel receives Boeing award for excellence

Stamford, CT – Hexcel today announced that it has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the awards annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Hexcel maintained a Silver performance composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct 1, 2007 to Sept 30, 2008. This is the second successive year that Hexcel has qualified for the Silver Boeing Performance Excellence award.

This year, Hexcel was one of 411 organizations out of approximately 10,000 Boeing worldwide suppliers to receive a silver or gold level performance award. Mike Canario, Hexcel VP Sales & Marketing for the Americas said:”Last year we were delighted to hear that we had qualified for the Boeing Performance Excellence Award. It is a major achievement to be recognized for a second successive year and a credit to the commitment of our employees and our world class composites manufacturing capabilities. We remain committed to maintaining a superior performance status at Boeing”.

Hexcel supplies a range of composite materials to Boeing including glass and carbon fibre reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb and engineered core for a number of programs.

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibres, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defence and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Santoni clarifies jobs position and gears up for economic recovery

Brescia – Santoni SpA, manufacturer of the Santoni, Sangiacomo, Mec-Mor, Vignoni and Matec machinery brands, today issued a statement in order to clarify its position regarding the effects of the global downturn on its business and recent reports in the press.

Speaking from Brescia, Italy, a spokesperson for the company said:

“Referring to the latest news on magazines and internet sites Santoni SpA underlines the following:

Due to the worldwide economic crisis and specifically in 2009, Santoni SpA has been forced to temporarily reduce its production, using government aids and support (cassa integrazione) and is not firing its own employees. Santoni spa does not want to loose its existing technical and professional skills.”

“In addition, Santoni SpA herewith confirms its increase in its Research and Development strategy for new products in order to be one hundred percent ready for the economic recovery.” The company added.

AITEX Information Day on R&D in textiles and clothing

New Textiles. Research and Development in the Textile-Clothing-Technical Textiles Industry

31 March 2009, Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels

Alcoy, Spain - The Textile Industry Research Association AITEX is organizing “New Textiles, R&D in the Textile – Clothing - Technical Textiles Industry”, an Information Day which will take place on 31 March 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.

The event will be focused on the importance of innovation for the future of the textile sector and AITEX will present its R&D capabilities to develop collaboration partnerships with the main research centres and networks in Europe. The event will bring together representatives from industry, European and Spanish public institutions, policy-makers, and relevant research centres to discuss the promising potential of new research applications in textiles.


Chinese invest in FDY polyester production for warp knits

Remscheid – According to Swiss textile machinery manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag, the demand for top-quality polyester Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY) is growing significantly, particularly in the Chinese market. The company says that yarn qualities for further processing using high-speed warp-knitting methods have been in especially high demand over the past few months

The warp-knitting process which is especially good for producing mesh fabrics requires particularly even yarn, as even the smallest irregularities in the yarn have a negative impact on both the production process and the appearance of the fabric surface. The spectrum of warp-knitted goods ranges from the finest tulle and lace, robust netting and elastic linings all the way through to high-end plush.


Eco-Care from Nilit

Migdal Ha'emek, Israel - Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit, has named its recently launched recycled yarns Eco-Care. Eco-Care is produced from a mix of polymer waste and other polymers. The company says that the development represents a breakthrough in yarn engineering and production.

The garment opposite was knitted seamlessly with Eco-Care yarn on a 13 inch diameter, 28 gauge Santoni SM8-8 TOP machine. The yarn is a 70/40/2 SD recycled yarn plated with 22 spandex covered with 19/7 Nilit Eversheer yarn. Nilit Eversheer is modified PA-66 which the company developed for covering spandex, with a very high shrinkage rate. This special covered yarn helps to close the knitted loops and the result is a much stronger net or mesh knit application. Nilit says that the recycled Eco-Care can be dyed at the same depth as regular PA-66.


Upbeat Eschler reports early success for 2009

Bühler, Switzerland – Hi-tech warp and circular knitted fabrics producer Christian Eschler AG, has reported that the early international trade shows for 2009 have been a great success for the company.

Eschler says it is delighted with the attention its summer 2010 collection received at Munich Fabric Starts, Outdoor Retailer and ISPO. The company’s product development team focused in particular on its e1 base layer for this season.

Eschler’s summer 2010 collection with its high-quality, functional materials received very positive feedback at the Munich Fabric Starts as well as the Outdoor Retailer Show and at ISPO. In Salt Lake City, the Swiss brand premiered with its own booth. Sales- & Marketing Manager Philip Schär said:


Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Industrial Textiles – successfully following new trends

by Jutta Stehr and Jürgen Vogel, Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG

Remscheid - Industrial textiles are the great white hope of the classical textile nations following China’s ascent to the position as the world’s largest apparel manufacturer. They are the innovation drivers for many small and medium-sized companies throughout the world.

Industrial textiles fill those areas of application that nobody had even considered 10 or even just 5 years ago. All in all, they are therefore an important reason that the ancient craft of textiles is still very much alive and active.

The field of industrial textiles comprises such diverse products as fishing nets and sacks, protective clothing and sails, vehicle tarpaulins and artificial skin or more commodity products like tarpaulins, safety-belts, conveyor / transmission belts, hoses, ropes, nets and tire-cord.

One area enjoying increasing popularity of late is geotextiles. One reason for this is advancing global industrialization, which would be inconceivable without the expansion of local infrastructures, and in particular roads. Large countries such as India, Russia and China are already carrying out, or plan to do so, major projects for improving their infrastructures, with the consequence that the geotextiles sector can look forward to a promising future.


Eco Circle goes to India’s IETF 2009

Osaka - The Teijin Group announced today that it will participate in the 18th International Engineering and Technology Fair (IETF 2009), which will be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center in Bangalore, India, from February 23 to 26. Teijin’s first appearance at the exhibition will support the company’s initiatives to expand its environmental business in the fast-growing Indian market.

The biannual IETF showcases the latest trends in engineering and manufacturing as one of India’s largest industrial exhibitions, attracting a wide range of companies and organizations from throughout Asia. Teijin’s booth will present lead-edge, environmentally oriented technologies developed by the Teijin Group, including ECO CIRCLE, a closed-loop system for recycling used polyester products via the world’s first chemical-recycling process and water processing technology.

The booth will be among some 25 Japanese companies and organizations in the Japan Pavilion, which is being managed by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Teijin India Private Ltd., a subsidiary set up in New Delhi in 2006, has been laying the groundwork for Teijin to develop markets in India for various businesses including environmentally friendly products, services and technologies.

Teijin develops sustainable environmental initiatives in line with its Global Environmental Declaration issued in 2007, which outlines the group's long-term commitment to environmental preservation, environmentally friendly design and environmental business.

About Teijin

Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating in five main fields: synthetic fibers; films and plastics; pharmaceuticals and home health care; trading and retail; and IT and new products. Teijin Limited is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges and has a market capitalization of USD 4.1 billion. The company had consolidated sales of USD 10.3 billion in fiscal 2007, and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide.

Karl Mayer appoints new Commercial Director

Obertshausen – Karl Mayer has announced the appointment of Dr. Helmut Preßl as its new Commercial Director. As of 1st February Dr. Preßl is to work alongside Fritz P. Mayer in Karl Mayer’s top management.

45 year old Dr. Preßl has a doctorate in business administration and was employed for many years in a variety of managerial positions at Siemens AG, where he was mainly involved with solving IT applications for use in production control and with business analysis within the area of corporate finance. He was also the commercial director for drive and automation technology products and in his last few years at Siemens AG, Dr. Preßl was the commercial director of the Electronic Assembly Systems, and later of Dematic Holding and Dematic GmbH in Luxembourg and Offenbach.

From 2005 up to the time when he took on this new position, Dr. Preßl, in his role as Commercial Director, was responsible for the carve-out of Dematic from the Siemens Group into medium-sized, independent companies, as well as for restructuring them. He became the commercial director of Dematic’s global business, which operated as a medium-sized, independent company.

Dr. Preßl was born in Bavaria and now lives in Hesse. He is looking forward to bringing his commitment and knowledge to bear in a medium-sized, family-run company. He believes that his primary function is to support the process of reorganisation that is currently under way, and to coordinate international networks, an area in which he has had a great deal of experience.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Smart Fabrics 2009 – Speaker line-up

Rome - IntertechPira’s Smart Fabrics conference, taking place on 10 – 12 March 2009 at Holiday Inn Rome West, Rome, Italy, is a global forum for everyone involved or interested in the smart textile industry.


Santoni gets government help with job layoffs

Brescia – Santoni Group, owner of the Santoni circular seamless machine builder, Sangiacomo, Matec, Vignoni, Mec-Mor and Dinema has announced significant layoffs across the group in response to plummeting orders in the global slump.


Friday, 13 February 2009

Eurojersey launches ultra fine fabrics but puts further investment on hold

Paris – Italian warp knitter Eurojersey has launched Sensitive Touch, a new extra fine gauge range of ‘next to skin’ silk like fabrics based on its Sensitive technology for stretch fabrics here at Premiere Vision. Sensitive is a unique system of patented, ‘made in Italy’ fabrics with a high Lycra content available until now in a range of hands and weights from 117gsm to 350gsm. The new Sensitive Touch, which is knitted on 36 gauge tricot machines, weighs in at only 89 gsm with 28% Lycra.

A spokesperson for Eurojersey told that although the company could see a bright future for its extra fine Sensitive Touch fabrics, it was anticipating a general downturn in business in the next six months due to the global economic recession and this has meant that the company has had to temporarily shelve its plans for investing in more fine gauge machinery. Eurojersey has recently installed six new 36 gauge (needles per inch) two bar Karl Mayer machines fitted with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)needle bar and guide bars.


Thursday, 12 February 2009

Jacket in a bottle

12 February 2009, Osaka - The Teijin Group announced today that Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd. (TNI), a consolidated subsidiary manufacturing polyester textiles in Thailand, will launch a program for collecting used polyester items and then recycling them into new polyester materials through Teijin's ECO CIRCLE(tm) closed-loop recycling system. This will be the first such program launched by Teijin in Asia other than Japan.
The program includes the launch of a recyclable men’s jacket made of 100% polyester, branded KOH MR. SAXMAN in collaboration with a famous Thai saxophone player who goes by the same name. Distribution will be handled by Cassardi International Co., Ltd., an apparel company in the Boonsiri International Group, a leading distributor of men's wear in Thailand.


Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Smart thinking - Tencel eco-denim

Smart thinking - Tencel eco-denim

Billy Hunter reports from Expofil/ Premiere Vision

11 February 2009, Paris - Lenzing has launched its Tencel botanic denim for ecoists here at Expofil/ Premiere Vision. There is no doubt that denim manufacturing has a high environmental impact and in response Lenzing in collaboration with supply chain partners, proposes to optimize the production process from fibre to finished garment, using the latest thinking and best technology available to create true ‘low impact’ denim jeans.


Monday, 9 February 2009

FIBRE - Bespoke marketing solutions for the textile industry

10 February 2009 - Orange Zero Ltd, publisher of ( and Innovation in announces the launch of FIBRE which offers specialist Global Textile Marketing services to the textile industry. Formed in partnership with design agency TR Creative, FIBRE offers clients a unique blend of sound technical understanding of the industry and its markets, combined with a dynamic and creative design and web development solution.


World retailers told wool supply linked to price

A delegation representing Australia’s woolgrowers has told customers throughout Europe that continued supply of Australian wool depends on a fair price being paid.
The delegation led by Yass woolgrower Barry Walker, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Director Dr Meredith Sheil and AWI Strategic Adviser Stuart McCullough met with processors in Italy, Germany and the UK and delivered a powerful message … “if you want the world’s best wool – produced to the world’s highest ethical standards – then you just have to ask for it and pay for it”.
According to Barry Walker the realisation that large amounts of ethically produced wool were already on the market came as a relief to processors.
“It was an important trip … so that we could look these customers in the eye and assure them the Australian industry had listened to their concerns,” Mr Walker said.
“We were able to tell them that in the six months since the introduction of the National Wool Declaration (July 08), over 68,000 bales or more than 10 million kilos had been sold identified as either Non-Mulesed (NM), Ceased Mulesed (CM) or Mulesed with Pain Relief (PR).
“This represents a greater amount of apparel wool than from any other major wool producing country - like New Zealand, South Africa or Uruguay.”
AWI Chairman Wal Merriman said informing international customers empowered them to purchase Australian wool knowing they could satisfy their corporate social responsibility policies.
“We are encouraging retailers and processors to source their wool in line with their corporate social responsibility standards through their existing supply chain arrangements.
“Wool is now clearly identified and readily available through the auction system and supply chain alliances”, he said.
“While this milestone is great news, AWI continues its investment in the pursuit of better animal welfare outcomes and alternative flystrike prevention solutions.
“Millions of dollars has been spent to-date on projects such as clips, intradermals, breeding, integrated parasite management and pain relief studies.
“AWI remains focused on developing viable alternatives and we have in-fact increased program expenditure since the change of the AWI Board in November 2008.
He said AWI continued to research viable alternatives and present shareholders with a range of choices for them to use in their wool-growing enterprises.

Sunday, 8 February 2009


*Innovative fashion project with BOGNER JEANS
and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover*

INVISTA, the largest elastane and nylon producer in the world and owner of many leading brands including the LYCRA® fibre brand, has supported a denim design initiative with top fashion brand, BOGNER JEANS and University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover.
Eight budding fashion designers from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts have been briefed to create a collection that will form part of the BOGNER JEANS’ autumn/winter collection 2009/2010. All of the students have used INVISTA’s patented fabric innovation for denim: XFIT LYCRA® fabric within their fashion designs. Prototypes of the denim designs will be exhibited at Munich Fabric Start, Munich/Germany which is taking place in the M, O, C, (Münchner Order Center), Zenith Halle, Hall 5, Blue Zone, Stand No. C00 (3.-5. February 2009).
On account of its multidirectional elasticity, the XFIT LYCRA® fabric has allowed the students to create a variety of different styles without limiting their creativity. All of the outfits offer outstanding comfort in wear, a perfect fit and a long lasting shape even after repeated wear and wash thanks to the benefits of XFIT LYCRA® fabric. Using this innovative fabric, the students can also create garments which have 360° freedom of movement even around difficult areas such as the knees, hips, waist or seams.
Tuula Salo, project leader, professor of fashion design and international coordinator of the University of Applied Sciences and Art Hanover, said: “Using XFIT LYCRA® fabric has given free rein to the creativity of the students. Even the jeans which are shaped close to the body are very comfortable to wear because of the flexibility of XFIT LYCRA® fabric which allows the denim fabric to follow any movement of the body.”
The BOGNER JEANS brand, developed and distributed under license by MUSTANG Group, Künzelsau/Germany, is well-known for its innovative collections characterised both by their aesthetic appeal and functional design. Jacqueline Sefranek, Managing Director and responsible for the BOGNER JEANS brand, says that only XFIT LYCRA® fabric was eligible for this project. “If you have ever worn jeans made of XFIT LYCRA® fabric you will never want to wear other jeans again. This functional high-tech fabric offers stretch in all directions and the greatest possible freedom of movement – that’s exactly what ‘active jeans’ are designed for.”
Marco Lucietti, RTW Segment Manager, INVISTA Apparel said: “We are delighted to be involved with this ambitious project and work with BOGNER JEANS and the University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Hanover. It is a great opportunity to develop new talent within the industry and to see these up and coming designers demonstrate their creativity using the latest innovation within the denim segment, XFIT LYCRA® fabric.”


- Asks Oregonians to Change and Join “Take Care of Oregon Days” -

Portland, OR – Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the outdoor merino wool apparel category, agrees that America must change. It must change out of cotton and polyester and into soft and sensuous merino underwear, which is silky against the skin, is lightweight, and doesn’t itch or scratch like traditional wool.

From February 7 to Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009, Icebreaker will offer a free pair of its women’s NATURE underwear to any customer who agrees to change their undies at its Portland Touch_Lab store on 11th and West Burnside. (No need to bring your undies into The Touch_Lab- they're happy to take your word for it!) (Limit one per customer; while supplies last; offer does not apply to leggings; offer valid from Feb 7 – Feb 14, 2009.)

As part if the promotion, Icebreaker is also encouraging Oregonians to change Oregon and register to volunteer for “Take Care of Oregon Days.” Scheduled for May, Take Care of Oregon Days will be the largest day of volunteerism in Oregon history. A day when Oregonians from all over the state will come together and roll up their sleeves and change Oregon by cleaning up natural areas and playgrounds, make improvements to local schools and host community food drives. Take Care of Oregon Days is a project of Oregon 150, which is planning the state’s 150th birthday celebration.

Designed to keep a merino sheep feeling good in the harsh winters and scorching summers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Icebreaker merino regulates temperature to prevent wearers from freezing or overheating. It’s super-breathable, and the fiber contains millions of tiny air pockets to lock in body heat in cold conditions. Icebreaker merino is biodegradable, sustainably-produced and annually renewable.

Icebreaker offers beautiful, lightweight merino underwear for men and women in its BEAST and NATURE lines. BEAST is a premium underwear range that gives lovers a chance to reconnect with their inner Beast. Garments include briefs, boxers and t-shirts (crew and v-neck).

NATURE for women comes in two weights: Ultralite and Lite. Ultralight is our finest, lightest range of pure merino underwear, while Lite has extra merino fibre for added warmth. Garments include camis, bikinis, hipsters and leggings, and come in stunning colors and nature-inspired prints.

About Icebreaker
Launched in 1994, Icebreaker was the first company in the world to develop a merino wool layering system for the outdoors. It was also the first outdoor apparel company in the world to source merino directly from growers, a system it began in 1997. There are now 10 distinct pure merino fabrics in the Icebreaker system, covering underwear, mid layer, and outerwear.

Icebreaker is sold in more than 2000 stores in 24 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Icebreaker uses only pure merino hand-picked from 120 high country stations in the country's Southern Alps to create edgy outdoor clothing that combines nature's work with human technology and design. The company is committed to sustainability, ethical manufacturing and animal welfare. In 2008 the company launched “Icebreaker Baacode,” its pioneering transparency program. Each Icebreaker garment includes a unique Baacode, which enables customers to trace the garment online through the supply chain and right back to the farm where the fiber was grown.

Dramatic improvements in productivity for high quality Wholegarment knitwear

Like the SWG®-X on which it is based, the new MACH2®X is a WHOLEGARMENT specialty machine that features 4 needle beds and Shima Seiki’s original SlideNeedle™. And like the SWG®-X, it can knit beautifully shaped, high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® products which conform to the body for improved comfort and a more elegant silhouette.
As the “MACH” name suggests, what sets the MACH2®X apart is its speed and productivity. The new R2CARRIAGE® system increases maximum knitting speed and permits quicker carriage returns for higher effi ciency per knitted course. New Split Stitch technique furthermore allows effi cient knitting by eliminating empty courses.

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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Geosynthetics demand to increase to $2.1 billion in 2012

A new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., shows that demand for geosynthetics is projected to advance 2.5 percent annually to over 900 million square yards in 2012, valued at $2.1 billion. Gains will be promoted by rebounding road and highway construction spending. The study also says that in the near term, demand is also expected to be promoted by components of the Obama Administration’s economic stimulus program that involve public works.

Geosynthetics are used to stabilize foundations, promote drainage and prevent erosion, generally at a lower cost than alternative products. Demand for high-performance geosynthetics, such as geomembranes, geogrids and preformed geocomposites, will outpace demand for less costly geosynthetics the study says. These and other trends, including market share and product segmentation, are presented in US Geosynthetics, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.


TenCate takes strategic holding in TigerTurf

TenCate intends to take a minority holding in the company TigerTurf. The acquisition process has reached a stage sufficiently advanced to justify expectations that the transaction will be completed shortly. TigerTurf has a focus on the Austral-Asian region and is a valuable geographical supplement to the TenCate strategic concept of end-user marketing in the synthetic turf market.


Smart Fabrics 2009

10-12 March 2009. Rome

3 February 2009, Leatherhead, UK - Smart Fabrics are big business. The smart textiles market is expected to hit US$642.1 million globally by the end of 2008, representing a compound annual growth rate of 28.3%. These figures are set to increase yet further into 2009 to keep pace with new applications emerging in the sector. Accordingly IntertechPira is to present the 5th annual Smart Fabrics conference, a global forum for all the developments you should know about.