In view of ever shorter innovation cycles in the textiles and clothing industries, machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer says it finds that four years is quite a long time between the ITMA exhibitions in Europe, the leading trade fair for international textile machinery builders. This is the reason why the company decided to present its latest machine innovations halfway between ITMA 2011 in Barcelona and ITMA 2015 in Milan at an Open House exhibition at its German headquarters a few weeks ago.
The German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA) is arranging two technological conferences in Indian textile centres this year in order to improve the level of knowledge about German textile machinery manufacturers and to spread information about the latest technological developments.
The VDMA event series will bear the title 'German technology meets Indian textiles'. It will be held at the Taj President Hotel in Mumbai on 3 December and at the Le Meridian Hotel in Coimbatore on 5 December.
Yesim Textile, a leading manufacturer of knit goods for US and European retailers, took part in the 'Online monitoring of wastewater' project, started by its region’s Metropolitan Municipality. Yesim Textile is the ninth company to launch the monitoring station, with the support of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.
Mayor Recep Altepe recently visited the site to examine the station with Senol Sankaya, Yesim Textile CEO. He said: “Yesim Textile is a company that services the world's leading brands in production and is one of the most established companies in Bursa. In the factory there is already existing treatment plant. We established the station here to observe if the system was operating and to show the plant as an example for other companies.”
Swiss yarn spinner Herman Bühler will be showcasing its new AirJet spun Swiss Tencel Micro yarns at the Filo yarn exhibition in Milan from 9-10 October. Made with Lenzing Micro Tencel fibres, the product is what the company calls “a high-tech yarn with low-tech appeal; because of its special fibre structure, the growth of bacteria is inhibited, and more fibres in the yarn cross-section means greater fineness.”
James Sugden, Group Managing Director at leading Scottish cashmere knitwear producer Johnstons of Elgin is backing plans to establish a £4 million innovation centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus in the Scottish Borders. Formerly the Scottish College of Textiles, the Galashiels campus has long been the leading centre for textiles education in Scotland.
Leading cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is presenting ‘Natural Connection’, the new marketing concept developed especially for Tencel/cotton blends, at the textile trade fairs in Paris.
The two cellulose fibres, Tencel and cotton, are ideal partners, the company reports. According to Lenzing, they go together perfectly, both of the natural origin and with similar features such as good breathing properties.
“There are numerous opportunities to place Tencel in relevant products where the added value of a Tencel/cotton blend would be appreciated. The combination of both fibres gives luxury textile manufacturers and retailers the chance to stand out from mass-produced products by means of innovation and marketing,” Dieter Eichinger, Vice President of the Textile Fibres Business Unit, commented.
Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year.
Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association.
"We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."
In first half of 2013 Lenzing has generated earnings in line with the company’s expectations, but considerably below the first half of 2012. Consolidated sales declined by 6.8% in the first half of 2013 to EUR 989.9 million. Furthermore, there was a loss of external sales of about EUR 42.5 million at the Paskov pulp plant.
EBITDA amounted to EUR 162.0 million, down 16.3% from the first half of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 16.4% in contrast to the prior year figure of 18.2%. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first half-year totalled EUR 103 million, a decrease of 27%.
The disposal of the Business Unit Plastics by the Lenzing Group resulted in a cash inflow of EUR 61.7 million and a gain on disposal before taxes of EUR 25.9 million at the half-year reporting date.
A.Monforts Textilmaschinen has opened a massive new Advanced Technological Centre (ATC), which occupies a 1500m2 area in a complete hall at the company’s headquarters in Blumenberger Strasse, Mönchengladbach. The ATC will allow customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential, real production conditions.
The new ATC includes comprehensive test facilities, where dyeing and finishing trials can be performed with the customers own knitted, woven or nonwoven fabrics or technical textiles, under full working conditions.
Unifi has purchased nine DTY (drawn textured yarn) machines and a sample machine, all of which will be relocated to the company's manufacturing facility in Yadkinville, NC.
The purchase is expected to increase the company's production capacity in the growing regional market, while also providing additional flexibility to support the production of the company's successful portfolio of premier value added products.