May 14, 2008

New Exhibitors and Innovators Set Their Sights on Atlanta, Georgia

By McCurry, John W

John W. McCurry selects his highlights from the plans of exhibitors for the forthcoming Techtextil North America, the fifth edition of this biennial show, to be held at the Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from 1-3 April. Techtextil North America heads into its fifth edition at the Cobb Galleria Center,Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with high expectations: organizer Messe Frankfurt has sold approximately I S% more exhibition floor space than for the previous event in 2006 and expects around 325 exhibitors (2006: 329) with about half from outside the USA (2006: exhibitors from 25 countries).

A look at the list of exhibitors shows that fibre and fabric manufacturers will be prominent, both in number and in terms of exhibition space. Nevertheless all 12 of the Techtexti/family's designated application areas (seeTechtextil application areas below) will be well represented, according to Show Manager Stephanie Everett.

Following is a look at the innovations exhibitors will be featuring when Techtextil North America 2008 convenes on 1-3 April. The roster includes several companies exhibiting for the first time.


Bluestar Silicones - a company whose technical textile products are used in fire protection, hosiery, architectural coatings, medical and water repellency applications - plans to feature its seam sealant for flat fabrics used in airbags. Additionally, the company plans to highlight its elastomeric coating for surgical gowns and drapes, and its silicone-based technology for sportswear applications.

Norafn wiH display its filter medium with integrated metal scrim, which con be pleated without additional treatment (see also, page 34 and 37).

CHT R. Beitlich will feature its halogen-free flame retardant coatings specifically designed for the transportation, protective wear and industrial market segments. These coatings are water-based and can be applied by a variety of coating methods. CHTs Halogen- Free Apyrol flame retardant coatings are formulated to meet specific requirements where environmentally friendly systems are required.

CHTs flame barrier systems are fully formulated, intumescent coatings designed to enhance a material's stability during intense exposure to direct flame for extended periods of time.

The company will also show its high-performance polyurethane coatings. These coatings are designed for protection and to promote adhesion in the flooring, protective wear, communications and industrial market segments.

Schaetti Group is one of the leading global manufacturers of plastic powder adhesives such as polyamides, polyester, polyethylene, or ethylene vinyl acetates for coating applications. At the beginning of 2008, the Switzerland based firm founded a new sales office with warehouse and logistics centre in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Schaetti will demonstrate its ability to provide compounds according to customers' formulations, as well as the grinding into coarse and fine particle sizes. Schaetti's customers are in the automotive industry, as well as the geotextiles, home textiles or hygiene products sectors.


American & Efird Technical Textile's new Camel superabsorbent yarn will be featured in its exhibit. Camel provides manufacturers of fabric and industrial products the flexibility to capture, manage and manipulate moisture for a wide variety of applications. Camel yarns are based on superabsorbent fibres and provide rapid absorbency.

Already being used in ground water management (for instance, on golf courses) and geo-absorbent (landfill) applications, the yarn can reach 90% of its maximum absorbency in slightly more than five seconds, with an average minimum absorbency of 30 g of moisture for each gram of yarn.

The company says the absorbency characteristics of Camel can be tailored to meet specific absorbency requirements, yielding maximum performance and cost benefits.

ArmorWorks LLC and TechFiber LLC are both providers of high- technology armour protection, and are both based in Phoenix,Arizona, USA. The companies work together and will share a stand in Atlanta to showcase their Ballistic Advantage Kit armour systems.

The featured M915 A2/A3 tactical vehicles and High Mobility MultipurposeWheeledVehicle (HMMVW) will be fitted with the same type of armour protection currently being used by the US Army and US Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This armour exceeds the specifications required to protect against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to ArmorWorks'Vice President of Business Development Robert Codney:"The US Army took the HMMVW onto the streets of Al Fallujah, Iraq, where actual IED attacks resulted in only minor abrasions to the troops using this armour."

As an armour designer and producer, ArmorWorks demonstrates how some of the materials it will exhibit at Techtextil North America have been engineered into state-of-the-art composite technologies. The M915 A2 and A3 full-scale cab and underbody armament,and the fully armoured HMMVW use ceramic systems containing aramid fibres manufactured byTechFiber LLC.

Cupron develops and test bioactive fibres in a variety of fields, including healthcare, industrial, military and consumer industries. Exploiting the unique qualities of copper, Cupron's patented technology adds a broad-spectrum antimicrobial compound to its fibres. A first time exhibitor, Cupron plans to showcase its products in medical sheets, towels and robes, where the fibres act to suppress the odours caused by bacteria. It will also display nonwoven masks.

Ticona says its Riteflex thermoplastic polyester elastomer creates films that offer a high barrier to liquid water while allowing for the transmission of water vapour (see also, page 30).

Diolen Industrial Fibers will introduce its polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) yarn, Diofort, touting it as the world's first high- tenacity, multifilament yarn made from this material1.

Diofort combines chemical and heat resistance, with flame retardance and its high tenacity, and is used in filtration fabrics, and as reinforcement for mechanical rubber goods and composites. New industrial applications for the product are being explored.

Product representative Craig Heaton said "In hot gas filtration the resulting performance will improve through higher strength and better dimensional stability.

Furthermore, the lifetime of the end products will increase considerably, and the yarn properties open the possibility for lower fabric weight"

Diolen Industrial Fibers, which is also one of Europe's largest producers of polyester fibres, will be exhibiting atTechtextil North America for the first time under its new owner, Traction Partners, an investment firm based in Amsterdam.The Netherlands11.

Fil.Va SrI is a manufacturer of synthetic monofilaments (see also, page 31):

* high-tenacity monofilaments-further to the standard production of monofilaments in polyamide 6, polyamide 6.6, polyester and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Fil.Va supplies high-tenacity and high-module monofilaments for technical uses;

* flame-retardant monofilaments-the company has developed a PBT FR monofilament range and an FR monofilament with elastic behaviour;

* customized monofilaments-products that are specially designed to meet the customer's requirements and filaments with tailor-made cross-sections;

* bicomponent sheath/core monofilaments.

Kuraray America's technical textile markets include aerospace, composites, rope and cable, heavy marine and industrial applications. The company plans to feature its multifilament polyester-polyarylate yarn.Vectran HT, which it spins from liquid- crystal polymer (LCP). Vectran is used in a wide range of applications where strength, durability and dimensional stability are critical to performance and safety.

New for 2008,Vectran HT will be available in several solution- dyed coloured yarns such as blue, green and orange. Additionally.Vectran will be introduced in fibre filaments, staple fibres for creating blended yarns and as monofilaments. Compared with earlier versions, these latest offerings provide enhanced resistance to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, better colour fastness and are stronger, according to the company.

Fil. Va Sri is a manufacturer of synthetic monofilaments

(see also, page 31):

Kuraray America will also show structural fibres for reinforcing concrete; advanced fibres for papers and nonwovens, including anti- static and electrically conductive fibres that are in development; hydroentangled (spunlaced) nonwovens for hygiene applications; and synthetic leather made of fine microfibres for industrial uses.

Lenzing, through its representative for North America (Ivodex Enterprises lnc of Toronto, Canada), will focus on four fibres:

* fine denier polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) staple;

* anti-microbial PTFE yarns;

* spun PTFE yarns; and

* inherently flame resistant Lenzing FR fibre, such as used in Ten Gate/Southern Mills' Defender M military fabrics.

Key sectors for Lenzing products include nonwovens for hygiene, medical, household, cosmetics, automotive and technical applications. Lenzing's PTFE yarns and fibres, Profilen.are marketed for use in filtration, industrial, sportswear and medical applications. The group, through Lenzing Plastics GmbH, has also made recent acquisitions in the speciality fibres sector1''. Regarding the strength of the US technical textile sector, Lenzing believes this market is important to the company, offering an unrivalled size and breadth of opportunities. The requirements of the technical textile market can be challenging, but the solutions lead to stable, long-term business opportunities and are vital for continued prosperity. The US market does not operate in isolation, but is a key supplier for global business.

Market interest in nano-scale fibres has grown in the USA in the last year. These offer performance advantages in many US market segments.

Finally, Lenzing says itsTencel is the only domestic source of cellulosic fibre with the ability to fibrillate. It is offered in a range of product forms to suit the various processing requirements of customers.

Performance Fibers has traditionally had one of the larger presences among fibre manufacturers at Tec/itexti/ North America and that will continue in 2008. The company defines its primary technical textile markets as energy, lifestyle and leisure, transportation, safety and security, architectural design, environment and speciality businesses. Performance Fibers is focusing on providing polyester fibres, fabrics and advanced materials for such applications as tyres, deepwater marine lines, geotextiles.v-belts, conveyor belts and hoses, and sewing threads.

In Atlanta, Performance Fibers plans to feature its polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) fibre PenTec, which can be used at high temperatures and has high modulus and strength. PenTec applications include high-performance tyres, cordage, offshore mooring lines, engineered reinforcements and sailcloth.

The company also will display its IW81 and IW83 polyester fibres featuring the marine overlay finish SeaGard, which offers wet- abrasion resistance and long-term durability in applications such as offshore mooring.

For tyre reinforcement and industrial applications, Performance Fibers will show its IH75 polyester fibre. IH75 is designed to be stronger and more dimensionally stable for tyre cord, power transmission belting and hose applications. The company also offers A360 fibre-a high-tenacity, ultrahigh modulus, low-shrinkage polyester that has been designed to meet or exceed the performance of rayon in high-performance tyres for passenger vehicles.

Performance Fibers' Vice President of Global Marketing and Technology Rick Black says a recent survey of more than 100 of the company's customers found that users of industrial fibres want material suppliers to develop unique new products and technologies that provide differentiation, increased performance at lower costs and innovations for new end-uses.

Towards the end of 2007, the company agreed to acquire the tyre cord and industrial polyester filament businesses from In vista in North America'",which it believes will broaden its capacity to serve technical textiles markets.

PharrYarns LLC" has a High Performance Group that produces highly specified yarn from fibres with uniquely inherent properties that include flame, heat, cut and chemical resistance along with other properties such as high strength, static dissipation, anti- microbial and moisture management (see also, page 35). Fibres used include metaand para-aramids, polybenzimidazole (PBI), melamine, Lenzing FR (see also, page 28) modacrylic.polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyacrylonitrile and oxidized polyacrylonitrile, polyimide and carbon. End-use markets include protective apparel for military, electrical utility,fire services and industry. The yarns are also used for work gloves, filtration fabrics, harness belting, sewing thread,flash hoods, composites and aircraft interior fabrics.

Polymide High Performance (PHP) will exhibit its PHP Nylon 6.6 for technical applications including airbags, military uses and tyres. By participating at Tec/itexti/ North Amer/co.the company - previously known by several names during its long history, including Acordis Industrial Fibers seeks to enhance its brand recognition in the USA.

The company reports that its airbag market is strong and its challenge is to keep up with the growth in this sectorlargely fuelled by the penetration rate of side-curtain airbags in vehicles. The company says its military market remains flat, but with some growth opportunities. It believes that innovations will provide opportunities in this market. The tyre market for polyamide has faced overseas competition, however the weak dollar and the increasing sophistication of tyre designs that include more polyamide, will have an impact on demand, Polyamide High Performance believes.

As-Press,partof the Russia-based Polytex-Yug group of companies, specializes in the production of yarns, including heavy-duty polypropylene multifilament,and textile webbing. The company says its polypropylene products to be featured in Atlanta offer advantages such as stability to abrasive actions, and resistance to wear, moisture and light As-Press' primary markets are in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Italy, and the company now seeks a greater brand recognition in the USA.

Glen Raven will feature its geosynthetic products, designed for retaining wall applications (see also, page 33).

Temp-Flex Cable is new to the technical textile industry, but believes filtration systems will be a key market. It plans to feature its fluoropolymer and polyketone monofilament fibres and coatings. The extruded monofilament fibres are extremely fine. High performance materials include perfluoroakylvinyl ether (PFA), fluorinated ethylene-propylene copolymer (FEP), ethylene tetrafluoroethylene copolymer (ETFE), polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF), polyether ether ketone (PEEK).

Ticona Engineered Polymers will showcase its new meltblown grade of liquid-crystal polymer (LCP),Vectra, which delivers a strong and thermally stable microfibre. Potential applications include calendered high-performance meltblown nonwovens used for high- temperature, chemically resistant filters and insulation. Vectra LCPs are notable for their mechanical properties and thermal stability, and have applications in lightweight materials used in bullet-proof vests, stealth aircraft, high-performance cables and tyre cord.

Ticona says its Riteflex thermoplastic polyester elastomer creates films that offer a high barrier to liquid water while allowing for the transmission of water vapour. This means that when it is used for furniture, automobile seating or incontinence pads, it keeps underlying materials dry to prevent mould formation, and so the odour and allergy issues that can be a consequence of this. Compared with competing elastomerics - other than thermoplastic copolyester elastomer (COPE) - films offer a unique combination of superior bleach resistance, as well as the abilities to be dyed and recycled when bonded to polyester fabric, says Ticona.

Zoltek will be offering carbonized polyacrylonitrile (PAN) felt products produced on its continuous production line. Zoltek, whose primary markets are apparel and thermal insulation, says the line gives it flexibility to produce custom weights and deliver consistent quality. Products to be featured in Atlanta will include:

* Pyron tow-300 and 32Ok continuous oxidized PAN tow in a standard density of 1.37 g.cnr3 at 1.7 or 2.2 dtex;

* Pyron staple fibre- 1.7 and 2.2 dtex in various lengths;

* Pyron chopped and milled fibre-numerous options are available for both chopped and milled oxidized PAN fibres;

* Pyron yarns in various counts and in single and multiple plies; and

* Pyron fabrics-wovens, nonwovens, felts and knits.

A specialist in polyether ether ketone (PEEK) fibres, Zyex will focus on its extended range of multifilaments aimed at its primary markets of industrial, aerospace and leisure. The company says its products tend to be one under a lot of price pressure, sometimes overshadowing their technical advantages, but its business is very strong in aerospace and medical developments.


Apex Mills plans to feature its EcoRich line of environmentally oriented fabrics. It will also show its new spacer fabrics with moisture management and antimicrobial properties, intended for military and commercial applications.

Bally Ribbon Mills will demonstrate its extensive product line of engineered, woven, narrow fabrics, speciality broadcloth, and woven structures for medical, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. Displayed samples will include:

* woven tubular vascular stents, bifurcates and tapered weaves, used for replacing blood vessels;

* blood filtration membranes and carbon fibre structures for orthopaedic and prosthetic applications;

* circular (polar) weaves;

* woven two- and three-dimensional shapes;

* fabrics used for parachutes; and

* air frame components.

The air frame components are made with carbon fibres and are stronger and lighter than metal used in traditional construction. The Baity Ribbon Mills' team will be available to discuss the company's industrial products, including Mil-Spec Webbing, and its services, which include design and development, weaving, dying, finishing, strap cutting, speciality sewing and fabrication of parts.

GarCo Manufacturing is a marketing and sales company that will represent several manufacturers of speciality foil, film, textile and elastomer products:

* stitchbond and tricot knits made with fibres such as polyester and rayon are made by Superior Fabrics of Pompano Beach, Florida, USA,for use in roofing, apparel liners, mattress ticking, window treatments, backings, and furniture. Added value processes including heat-setting, dying, coating, slitting, and rewinding are available within the factory. Two products of significant interest include: a treated stitchbond fabric for mattresses affected by the latest fire barrier regulations'"; and a ultraviolet (UV) resistant, water repellent tricot polyester for use in the flag and banner market; Richard Hough a specialist in the manufacture of calender rolls, will focus on its recently introduced cover, made from high- performance polyamide, and intended for textile calender rolls (see also, page 37).

During the previous Techtextil North America in 2006, RfTM exhibited a UT50 machine for the first time in the USA, introducing it to the American industrial yarn twisting sector. In 2008, the UT 50 will be presented in a combination with the Italian made Twister Winder GS2000 from SIMA1 and strand and rope twisting will be produced on the booth in a single operation (see also, page 38).

* Leno weave and open weave fabrics of fibreglass, polyamide and polyester are manufactured in Belmont, North Carolina, USA, by Textum Weaving using air-jet technology. Weaving off both beams and creels allows Textum Weaving to produce the optimum fabric construction to best suit the application and fulfil the customer's need. Textum is also unique in their ability to produce rolls in excess of 27 400 m (30 000 linear yards), which optimize productivity and efficiency for high volume converters;

KurarayAmerica will show its multifilament polyester-polyarylate yarn, Vectran HT, which it spins from liquid-crystal polymer. New for 2008, Vectron HT will be available in several solution-dyed coloured yarns such as blue,green and orange (see also, page 27).

* Adhesive products manufactured by Compac Corp of Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA, include transfer tape, double coated film.and scrim- reinforced water- and solventbased acrylics. Products are commonly used for splicing textiles in standard manufacturing operations, but are also for use in bonding textiles.foams and other substrates. Of particular interest is the new family of NetBond transfer tapes,which are produced with an open scrim to provide greater stability.and higher tensile and tear strengths, while remaining conformable to irregular surfaces; and

* A mineral coated, nonwoven fibreglass produced by GAFELK Specialty Fabric Technologies based in Dallasjexas, USA, is used in applications such as roofing underlays, moisture barrier floor underlays,and as a stabilizing component in composite laminates. GAP- ELK Specialty Fabric Technologies also uses polyester, fibreglass and blended fibres to make wet-laid media and scrims for reinforcement and filtration. Other products include support scrims and self-pleatable media for air cartridges, reinforcements for bitumen, and speciality fibreglass and blended wet-laid mats for use in carpet tiles, vinyl flooring and moisture barrier floor underlays. The company's unique process offers significant uniformity in terms of fibre dispersion and consistency of all physical properties.

GehringTextiles will be presenting a wide range of textile products for a diverse market mix, to include its full line of GehringGuard protective fabrics. The fabrics include:

* non-melting/non-dripping body layer materials currently used by the military and other emergency services from Gehring's UnderShield line,which offer antimicrobial,odour control, wicking, comfort and flame retardant (FR) properties;

* three dimensional (3D) warp knit and circular knit spacer fabrics used for the diffusion of impacts, breathable paddings,orthopaedics, intimate/activewear, industrial and military use from the company's D3 spacer line;

* fire-resistant thermal textiles from itsThermesh line;

* fabrics offering electrostatic dissipation;

* fabrics made of high-performance fibres for use in garments for firefighters, race car drivers and electrical utility workers; and

* high-visibility fabrics.

Sales Manager Bill Christmann believes the company is unique: "We don't have a primary technical textile market We develop textile innovations that cross over into most every technical market. If we had to categorize one market as primary-protective fabrics is most encompassingThe North American textile market presents unlimited opportunities for a qualified vertical manufacturing textile company. Business is as strong as the effort put into finding and satisfying qualified partners. Many end product manufacturers are starting to realize the criticality of having a US-based textile partner."

Glen Raven heads to the exhibition after acquiring The John Boyle & Co and the Astrup Co in 2007, greatly broadening its product offerings. Marketing Manager for Technical Textiles Hal Bates says Glen Raven will feature its geosynthetic products, designed for retaining wall applications, and weft-inserted warp knits. The company will also display its traditional fabrics for protective, outdoor, automotive and industrial products.

A first-time exhibitor at Techtextil North America is HDM, from Oakdale, Minnesota, USA. HDM,founded in 1996, manufactures SuperFabric brand materials aimed at a wide range of protective applications. SuperFabric materials offer such qualities as puncture- , abrasion- and cut-resistance. End uses include safety and protective fabrics, footwear, sporting goods, luggage, gloves and protective apparel.

Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd (see also, page 25) supplies a range of apparel and high technology technical textiles to diverse markets around the world. The breadth and vertical nature of its business are among its greatest strengths, the company believes: its weaving facility is supported by warping, as well as a yarn processing plant; the knitting division consists of apparel and industrial warp knitting facilities; and these are further supported by a dyeing and finishing division, which enables Heathcoat to apply a broad range of specialist treatments to its fabrics.

Highland Industries will feature its Helioramic and 3DTex innovations. Helioramic is a light-fast blackout substrate for lamination to headlining material for panoramic roof systems of vehicles. Designed for the large roof systems of modern vehicles, the product is currently under evaluation by a number of global manufacturers. 3DTex is a technique for applying decorative features to base materials and can be used to incorporate surface logos, symbols and bespoke designs into a product. 3DTex has already been chosen by Ford as the product of choice for deploying surface designs to vehicle seating fabrics.

Norafin says its 3D Performance fabric offers a three- dimensional, hydroembossed product that has enhanced insulation properties as well as Improved safety and comfort (see also, page 37).

Highland is part of the Japanese Takata Group, which manufactures and sells motor vehicle seat belts, airbags, steering wheels, interior trims, fabrics and child restraint systems.

Norafin of Switzerland,formerly part of the Jacob Holm Groupvii will feature a wide range of hydroentangled (spunlaced), needlepunched and composite products. With its 3D Performance fabric, the company offers a three-dimensional, hydroembossed product that has enhanced insulation properties as well as improved safety and comfort These properties result from the material's texture, the company's proprietary technology and the know-how it has applied. The novelty about the product is that it can be employed in a wide range of applications such as thermal and sound insulation layers, speciality cosmetic pads and institutional washing gloves.

Norafin will also show a range of new products constructed using custom engineered composite spunlaced materials combined with state- of-the-art chemical treatments. These are targeted at replacing traditional textiles in the durable performance and protective apparel markets. End-uses include firefighters' turnout gear, military uniforms, arc-flash protective clothing and industrial flame-retardant workwear. Norafin says typical performance characteristics include excellent flame retardancy, durability to washing, softness and good drape, superior abrasion resistance, breathability, and high tensile and tear strength.

Norafin will present product possibilities offered by hydroentangled nonwovens in liquid, hot-gas and dust filtration. The company will emphasize its self-pleated filter medium with integrated metal scrim, which can be pleated without additional treatment (see also, page 37).

First-time exhibitor Sapphire Finishing Mills of Pakistan will show its workwear fabrics. The company touts its special finish, which helps to maintain high fabric strength and resistance to abrasion, even after several industrial launderings. The company says its primary market for technical fabrics is Europe and that it is working with several leading European workwear brands. It is exhibiting atTechtextil North America to develop customers in North America.

Everest Textiles of Taiwan will highlight an array of functional textiles, including its Ever Soft Heat electric heating product for outdoor uses. The manufacturer will also feature its microporous membranes and flame retardant membranes; fabrics made of 100% corn fibre and bamboo fibre; and the Ever Soft Shell, which offers multiple layering functions for outdoor products including, warmth, moisture, permeability and stretch.


Erhardt + Leimer will be exhibiting at Index 08 as well (see also, pages 19 and 21). In Atlanta, it can be found in the German Industry Pavilion, among a 29-strong group of fibre, fabric and machinery manufacturers. Techtexf// North America will also host international pavilions from Canada, China, France, Portugal.Taiwan and Turkey, as well as two from Italy (one for textiles and one for machinery).With a broad range of auxiliary products (such as web guiding, weft straightening, spreading devices, metal detection, pick and course count, and web tension control systems), Erhardt + Leimer aims to be a total solution provider to the technical fabric and nonwovens industries.

At this event, Erhardt + Leimer will showcase its latest developments for the technical textile and nonwovens industries:

* ELCount- non-contact measurement of pick and course featuring charge-coupled device (CCD) matrix camera technology for the control of density in woven and knitted fabrics; * ELSmart SWS94 Segmented Roll Guides for technical textile and nonwoven applications. This latest version has been developed for materials up to S m in width and includes centre or edge guiding, as well as a spreading feature not found in traditional guiding systems;

* ELSis-surface defect inspection technology for various materials including nonwovens and coated fabrics; and

* ELStraight weft straightening systems featuring CCD matrix camera technologyjncluding the ELStraight HD System for technical textiles.and ELStraight camera bridge upgrade (with the latest CCD matrix camera technology for distortion detection) for retrofitting to existing weft straightening systems.

Hills lnc, a specialist in multi-component fibre extrusion technology, is planning to present its latest innovations based on unique polymer distribution and control, which are applied in such varied process and products as spunbonding, melt-blowing, continuous filament, staple fibre, and solvent spun fibres.

Hills will be showcasing a few of its latest innovations for producing nanofibres and other specialized fibres at Techtextil North America, including the new Logo fibre. Similar to the Islands- ln-The-Sea method, these fibres are created from two individual polymers. The two polymers are extruded into a filament creating images in the cross-section of the fibre. Such items can be used for anti-counterfeiting and other security purposes. Hills has licensed this technology exclusively to ARmark Authentication Technologies.

Additionally, Hills will showcase a number of cross-sections that its equipment is capable of producing including elastomerics; Islands-ln-A-Sea spunbonds; multi-component meltblowns; homopolymer meltblowns; and concentric ring fibres.

Richard Hough Ltd (RHL) of Bolton,UK,a specialist in the manufacture of calender rolls, will focus on its recently introduced cover, made from high-performance polyamide, and intended for textile calender rolls.

HunterLab will display the UltraScan PRO Spectrophotometer, which can measure both reflected and transmitted colour, and meets industry guidelines for accurate colour measurements. The instrument's 5 nm optical resolution enables it to precisely measure colours using dyes with sharp cut-off characteristics. Its D65 illumination source is calibrated in the ultraviolet region for the accurate measurement of whitening agents. Having an extended measurement range into the near-infrared and near ultraviolet permits the measurement of camouflage materials and ultraviolet blockers.

Karl Mayer, see also page 29, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of warp-knitting machines with parallel and multiaxial weft insertion, as well as stitch-bonding machines. Represented by its US sales and service organization, MayerTextile Machine Corp, the company can supply technology for producing strong, heavy-duty warp-knitted textiles, or for manufacturing delicate and stretch fabrics, grid-type constructions or bulky textiles.

Keshar Corp of India will show its sectional warping machines.

Werner Mathis AG, headquartered in Oberhasli, Switzerland, will be represented by its US subsidiary Mathis USA Inc. The company makes laboratory equipment and production ranges for dyeing finishing and printing (see also, page 27).

Oerlikon Barmag will inform visitors of its products for engineering industrial yarns, with a special emphasis placed on geotextiles. The company supplies the entire textile value chain from polymer to textile fabrics. Technical yarns produced on Oerlikon Barmag systems are used for tyre cords, airbags, safety belts, awnings,geotextiles and mechanical rubber goods.

Rieter Perfojet will highlight its SPUNjet product, which incorporates the spunbond process, PERFObond, designed to produce IO g.rrr2 fabric with the highest uniformity, and the company will inform visitors that it has recently installed the latest generation of meltblown system in line with its spunbond pilot line at its technical centre in Montbonnot, France.

Rieter will also describe its latest series of JETIace machines, called Jetlace Essentiel. The configuration of this is designed to produce state-of-the-art hydroentangled (spunlaced) products dedicated to the wipes market.

Formerly part of the Rieter Group(TM), RITM will exhibit for the first time at Techtext// North America under its new ownership, demonstrating an innovative combined process for rope and net yarn twisting production. During the previous Techtext// North America in 2006, RITM exhibited a UTSO machine for the first time in the USA, introducing it to the American industrial yarn twisting sector. In 2008, the UT 50 will be presented in a combination with the Italian made Twister Winder GS2000 from SIMA, and strand and rope twisting will be produced on the booth in a single operation.

SmitTextile SpA from Italy (see also, page 33) will be exhibiting to tell visitors principally about its GS900 and and JS900 air-jet loom ranges (the company also makes a G6300 rapier loom and G6300F terry weaving ranges too). Smit says its GS900 and JS900 looms are designed to ensure superior fabric quality and productivity, with a focus on optimal yarn load control and outstanding insertion rates.

The compact construction of the machines features a sturdy frame that guarantees vibration-free running, even at high speeds. All functional units are easily accessible and settable thanks to the machine's ergonomie design and user-friendliness. The modularity concept developed for these machines and their weft transport technology permit working widths of 140-360 cm.

For glass fibres, the design and construction of the looms ensures minimum stress is placed on the warp; weft insertion is regular; and a large range of yarn counts can be processed, up to in excess of 900 tex. Industrial fabrics benefit from high precision, high cover factors and dynamic rapier control. Airbag fabrics get high cover factors and delicate yarn handling. For manufacturers of bolting cloths the looms provide good control of the weft density, high precision and low yarn stress. Finally, when processing aramid fibres, the looms have special coatings to prevent the yarns sticking; sensors to help prevent knots; special gripper profiles to prevent contact between the tape and the warp; and a rotating weft cutter.

Zwick USA will be presenting its latest line of Zwicki Universal Testing Machines. These single column tabletop machines are available in four load capacities.

Techtextil application areas

* griculture/horticulture.

* Building and construction technology/architecture.

* Clothing technology.

* Geotextiles/civil engineering.

* Technology in the home (furniture, upholstery, floorcoverings and carpets, interior design).

* Industrial (mechanical engineering, and the chemical and electrical industries).

* Medical and hygiene.

* Transportation (including aerospace).

* Environmental protection, waste disposal and recycling.

* Packaging and covering for transportation of goods.

* Safety and protection.

* Sports and leisure.

Techtextil also defines 10 product groups by which to categorize exhibitors (see Techtexti/ product groups, page 26).

Techtextil product groups

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND CONSULTANCY. International institutes, government research institutes, universities, polytechnics, industrial research centres, planning and consultancy firms.

TECHNOLOGY, MACHINERY AND ACCESSORIES. Production processes, processing technology, machinery and equipment, control processes, cleaning and regeneration technology, waste disposal and recycling technology, technical accessories and quality assurance.


WOVENS, CRIMS, BRAIDS AND KNITTED FABRICS, Including tapes, string, cords, belts, ropes, cordage and nets.


COATED TEXTILES Laminated textiles, tent/canvas materials, packaging materials, sacking, tarpaulin fabrics, awning materials, coverings and accessories.

COMPOSITES. Reinforcing textiles, composite textiles, prepregs, structural components and mouldings, fibre-reinforced materials, membrane systems, films and sheeting, textile-reinforced plastic and concrete parts, piping and containers, and textile sheet products for laminating onto solids such as metal, plastic or glass.

BONDING, LAMINATING AND COATING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES, AND SURFACE TREATMENTS. Finishing processes, adhesive, sealing and moulding materials, laminating and coating materials, raw materials and additives, application processing, material pretreatment, plastics and other hardening masses, adhesive mixing and application equipment, robot technologies, surface treatment technologies, plasma treatment, flocking.



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Tel. +7-95-721 -1057/58/59. Fax: +7-95-783-2326.

E-mail: [email protected]

See also, page 39


Shanghai, China; 20-22 October 2008

Ms ArosiaTong, Trade Fair Manager,

Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, Hong Kong.

Tel: +852-2238-9983. Fax: +852-2598-8771.

E-mail: [email protected]


Frankfurt, Germany; 16-18 June 2009

Michael Jaenecke, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard

Anlage I, D-60327 Frankfurt, Germany.

E-mail: [email protected]


Mumbai, India; October 2009

Radhika Agarwal, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India PVt Ltd, 71,

Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021, India.

Tel: +91 -22-2202-1377. Fax: +91 -22-2202-7243.

[email protected]

Further information

An up to date list of all the exhibitors and their stand (booth) numbers can be found at exhibitorlist.htm Following are contact details for those companies listed in the preview with their stand number in brackets.

Nick Butler, Advances in Textiles Technology (1032).

Tel: +44-870-165-7211. Fax: +44-870-165-7212.

[email protected];

American & Efird (1105).

Tel: +1 -704-827-4311. Fax: + 1 -704-827-0974.

[email protected];

Apex Mills ( 1633).Tel: + 1-516-239-4400. http://

Jeff Robertson.ARmark Authentication Technologies LLC (see Hills lnc; 1504).Tel: +1-717-227-5921. Fax: +1 -717-227-2743.

[email protected];

ArmorWorks (2051 ).Tel: +1 -480-517-1150. Fax +1 -480-517-1154.

[email protected]; http://awweb I


Tel: +7-8612-300221 /224/225. Fax: +7-8612-300227.

[email protected];

Louis C. Franconi, Bally Ribbon Mills ( 1006).

Tel: + 1-610-845-2211, extension 3108. Fax: +1-610-845-8013.

[email protected];

Paul Wu, Bluestar Silicones Shanghai Co Ltd (1826).

Tel: +86-21 -5442-1893. Fax: +86-21 -5442-3733.

[email protected];

AnnegretVester.CHT R. Beitlich GmbH (2038).

Tel: +49-7071 -154-0. Fax: +49-7071 -154-290.

annagret. [email protected];

Compac Corp (see GarCo Manufacturing; 1833).

Tel: +1 -908-498-0660. Fax: +1 -908-850-4189.

[email protected];

Cupron lnc (1022). [email protected];

Martin Kugel, Diolen Industrial Fibers by (1617).

Tel: +31 -26-366-2411. Fax: +31 -26-366-5252.

[email protected];

Elk Performance Nonwoven Fabrics

(see GarCo Manufacturing; 1833).

[email protected];

Martin Hercka, Erhardt + Leimer lnc ( 1247).

Tel: +1 -864-486-3000. Fax: +1 -864-486-3011.

[email protected];

Todd Guzzardo, Erhardt + Leimer lnc ( 1247).

Tel: +1 -864-486-3000. Fax: +1 -864-486-3011.

[email protected]; http://www.erhardt-leimer.cor

JodieWei, Everest Textile (1427).

Tel: +886-2-2717-1718, extension 212.

[email protected];

Fil.Va Sri (1009).Tel: +39-0332-282870. Fax: +39-0332-281338

[email protected];

Bill Christmann, Gehring Textiles lnc/ Militex, lnc (1727).

Tel:+ 1-516-747-4555.

[email protected];

Hal Bates,Glen Raven lnc ( 1417).Tel: +1-336-227-6211.

Fax: +1 -336-226-8133.

Chris Kohn, HDM lnc (2034).

Tel: +1 -651 -256-2003. Fax: +1 -651 -256-2038.

[email protected];

Highland Industries lnc ( 1219).

Tel: +1-336-547-1600. Fax: +1-336-547-1681.

[email protected];

Allison Hanney, Hills lnc (1504).

Tel: + 1-321 -724-2370, extension 247. Fax: +1 -321 -676-7635.

[email protected];

Hunter Associates Laboratory lnc (2037).

Tel: +1 -703-471 -6870. Fax: +1 -703-471 -4237.

[email protected];

Sonya Bacon, John Heathcoat and Co Ltd (2026).

Tel: +44-1884-254949. Fax: +44-1884-252897.

[email protected];

Guy Kitteringam, International Newsletters Ltd (1032).

Tel: +44-870-165-7210. Fax: +44-870-165-7212.

[email protected];

Ulrike Schlenker, Karl MayerTextilmaschinenfabrik GmbH.

Tel: +49-6104-402-0. Fax: +49-6104-402-600.

[email protected]; http://www.karl



Tel: +81 -6-6348-2458. Fax: +81 -6-6348-2187.

koj i_h i [email protected] ku; http://www. ku

Angelika Guldt, Lenzing/lvodex (2021).

Tel: +43-7672-701 -2713. Fax: +43-7672-918-2713.

[email protected];

Geoff Fisher, Medical Textiles ( 1032).

Tel: +44-870-165-7211. Fax: +44-870-165-7212.

[email protected];


Tel: +41-61 -485-5300. Fax: +41-61 -485-5309.

[email protected];

Susanne Beyer, Oerlikon Barmag (1338).

Tel: +49-2191 -671526. Fax: +49-2191 -671313.

[email protected];

Andre Wissenberg, Oerlikon Textile GmbH and Co KG (1338).

Tel: +49-21 -6128-2332. Fax: +49-21 -6128-3236.

[email protected]; textile

Performance Fibers ( 1209).

Tel:+ 1-800-486-0148.

Fax: + 1-804-622-4407.

David Brown, Pharr Yarns (1726).

Tel: +1 -704-824-3551. Fax: +1 -704-824-5706.

[email protected];

Michael Grieger, Polyamide High Performance GmbH (1409).

Tel: +49-202-32-2348. Fax: +49-202-32-2377.

[email protected];

Graham Turner, Richard Hough Ltd (1753).

Tel: +44-1204-526562. Fax: +44-1204-363191.

[email protected];

Andre Michalon, Rieter Perfojet ( 1554).

Tel: +33-4-7652-2311. Fax: +33-4-7652-2173.

[email protected].com;

Laurent Jallat, Rieter Perfojet (1554).

Tel: +33-4-7652-2311. Fax: +33-4-7652-2173.

[email protected];

Gerald Alligros, RITM (1527).

Tel: +33-4-7575-2687. Fax: +33-4-7575-2601.

[email protected];

Safety Components International ( 1309).

Tel: +1 -864-240-2600. Fax: +1 -864-240-2728.

Sapphire Finishing Mills (2015).

Tel: +92-42-575-0410. Fax: +92-42-575-8783.

[email protected];

Daniel Schaetti, Schaetti AG (2121).

Tel: +41-1 -839-4800. Fax: +41-1 -839-4810.

[email protected];

Sima Group (see RITM; 1527).

[email protected];

Adrian Wilson, Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology ( 1032).

Tel: +44-870-165-7211. Fax: +44-870-165-7212.

[email protected];

Superior Fabrics lnc (see GarCo Manufacturing; 1833).

Tel: +1 -954-975-8122. Fax: +1 -954-975-2938.

[email protected] ,

TechFiber (2051 ).Tel: +1 -480-393-0060.

[email protected];

Nick Butler, Technical Textiles International (1032).

Tel: +44-870-165-7211. Fax: +44-870-165-7212.

[email protected];

Temp-Flex Cable lnc (1024).

Tel: +1 -508-839-5987. Fax: +1 -508-839-4128.

[email protected];

Textum Weaving lnc (see GarCo Manufacturing; 1833).

Tel: +1 -704-822-2400. Fax: +1 -704-731 -0831.

[email protected];

Ticona GmbH ( 1845).Tel: +49-6107-772-0. Fax: +49-6107-1837.

Ticona North American Headquarters ( 1845).

Tel: +1 -859-372-3214. Fax: +1 -859-372-3125.

Traction Partners Mangement & Capital BV

(see Diolen Industrial Fibers; 1617).

Tel: +31 -20-494-5642. Fax: +31 -20-494-5662.

[email protected];

Werner MathisAG/ Mathis USA lnc (1851).

Tel: +41 -44-852-5050. Fax: +41 -44-850-6707.

[email protected];

Zsolt Rumy.Zoltek lnc (1939).

Tel: +1 -314-291 -5110.

Zwick USA ( 1849).Tel: +1 -770-420-6555. Fax: +1 -770-420-6333.

Noel Briscoe, Zyex Ltd (2035).

Tel: +44-1453-827979. Fax: +44-1453-821919.

[email protected];

References and further reading

i Technical Textiles /nternotiono/, May 2006, D/o/en reveals a continuous filament polyphenylene sulphide, pages 27-29; http://

ii Advances in Textiles Technology, February 2008, Dutch investment firm buys Dio/en, page 10; http://www.technical-

iii Technical Textiles International, April/May 2007, Lenzing buys in to carbon fibres, page 8; htm/f20070420.034887.htm and January/February 2008, Lenzing Plastics continues speciality fibres' acquisitions, page 4; http:// .htm

iv Advances in Textiles Technology, January 2008, Performance Fibers to buy North American assets from Invista, page 10; http://

v Technical Textiles International, June 2007, North American yarns market-striving for the right blend, pages 41-45; http://

vi for instance, Technical Textiles International, July/August 2007, Polymer Group lnc teams with Hones Industries to supply flameretardant fabrics for mattresses, page 41 ; http://

vii Technical Textiles International, April/May 2007, LD Equity increases its stake in Jacob Holm & Sons STA to take complete ownership, page 10; f20070420.565667.htm

viii Technical Textiles International, January/February 2007, Rieter sel/s Valence operations, page: 2; http://www.technical-

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