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New recycled polyester developed by Klopman

KlopmanKlopman has developed a new range of products made with recycled polyester. Europe’s leading brand in work wear has been involved in the production and marketing of blended fabrics in 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent cotton since 1968.

The basic yarn utilized for the making up of work wear garments can be replaced by similar materials aimed at reducing the environmental footprint, conservation of resources and to support developing countries. Recycled polyester is made from PET plastic bottles, a resource that would otherwise end up in landfills. The challenge for the company was to develop a sustainable product capable of maintaining the features and fabric standards in terms of comfort and durability.

The company also constantly applies its commitment to innovation in accordance with ethical and environmental considerations. From the selection of raw materials through weaving, dyeing and finishing, the company is constantly working to minimize the use of toxic substances, reduce waste, reduce energy consumption and to sustain the development of renewable energies.

The company is also equipped with advanced air extraction systems, which are installed throughout the factory, filter and purify the air by minimising the impact of harmful substances into the outside environment.

Lanfranchi with the power of creativity and the innovation

Lanfranchi SpaItalian company, Lanfranchi Spa’s new positioning marks a step forward in combining the power of creativity and the innovation DNA with a responsible mission for the future. The world leader in the design and production of zips, announces a step forward to show how sustainable standards add value to an established know-how and a creativity-driven approach.

According to Gaetano Lanfranchi, CEO of Lanfranchi Spa, the company believes that sustainability and innovation are the keys for a market competitive and contemporary offer. Citing this as the reason for their commitment to Greenpeace Detox programme which can prove, all their products are free of the Detox blacklist polluting ingredients.

Two projects reflect the new positioning: S/S 2017 new products and the creation of custom-designs with an upcoming designer for her debut fashion collection. According to Lanfranchi, to be at the forefront of innovation it’s important to work both on people and designs. That’s why we wanted to support Valeria Di Cerce in cooperation with NABA (Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti). The collection will be shown at Munich Fabric Start, Milano Unica and Première Vision. For the same reasons products have been created to embrace brands and professionals creative solutions, commented Gaetano Lanfranchi.

New certification criteria developed by Oeko-Tex

Oeko-TexNew criteria for STeP by Oeko-Tex have come into effect. The previous requirements have been expanded to include an additional point on handling sludge from waste water treatment. Sludge must be stored by companies with STeP certification in a way that rules out any ground contamination.

Oeko-Tex recommends that sludge residues of this type always be disposed off by professionals in accordance with environmental protection regulations. There are amendments to further improve employee working conditions. Certified companies in future will have to satisfy statutory regulations relating to a suitable level of maternity protection.

If there are no statutory regulations, companies are encouraged to define their own company guidelines to ensure paid maternity leave. Another addition to the latest STeP standard is that manufacturers of foams and mattresses can now have their production conditions certified in accordance with STeP.

Also new is the need for a plan that clearly highlights all of the areas of the company in which chemicals are supplied, stored, and used. The company facilities must also prove that chemicals are being transported safely and that affected staff are being provided with appropriate training.

STeP by Oeko-Tex makes the sustainability of production facilities throughout the textile value-creation chain visible using a transparent scoring system.

STeP gives brands, retailers, and manufacturers the opportunity to have each area of their company facilities analysed and assessed according to environmental and social criteria by an independent body.

Greenpeace’s Detox campaign for cleaning supply chain

GREENPEACETextile companies are working toward eradicating harmful chemical substances from their clothing supply chain. They are creating an auditing protocol, tracking progresses, publishing case studies and showing transparency through the publication of testing results. Some have chosen the chemical management gold standard by which all other fashion brands and sectoral hazardous chemical initiatives will be measured. Now that their own suppliers are committing to eliminate hazardous chemicals, these brands have no excuse but to follow suit.

Hazardous chemical groups that need to be removed include per fluorinated compounds, brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, organotins compounds and amines associated with azo dyes that can have negative effects on human reproductive systems and cause cancer.

Other areas where hazardous chemicals need to be eliminated include yarn production, fabric production, textile raw material production, yarn dyed and fabric dyed. Some 35 international fashion and textile brands and retailers-representing more than 15 per cent of global textile production in terms of sales-have already committed to a toxic-free future. Among the participating companies are Miroglio and Inditex, as well as Valentino, Adidas, H&M and Burberry.

Greenpeace’s Detox campaign aims to lead the industry toward eradicating all harmful chemical substances from the clothing supply chain by 2020.

New Datacolor® 850 and 550 spectrophotometers now available

Datacolor®Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology, today announced the availability of the Datacolor 850 and 550 spectrophotometers. The new benchtops offer color professionals in the paint, plastics and textile industries unparalleled performance for both reflectance and transmission measurement. The Datacolor 850 and 550 join the Datacolor 800 and 500 spectrophotometers released in October 2015.

The Datacolor 850 is the market’s only true-close tolerance spectrophotometer for both reflectance and transmission measurement, ensuring customers can confidently communicate color digitally throughout their supply chain. It features a built-in digital camera for precise sample placement and is fully backward compatible with Datacolor’s prior generations of instruments. The Datacolor 550 is an economical addition to the series of benchtops, offering accurate transmission and reflectance measurement.

The Datacolor 850 and 550 feature color LCD screens that display instrument settings and calibration status, offering user’s superior confidence in measurement results. In addition, an Ethernet port now allows for simultaneous connection of multiple computers to the same instrument. With an embedded processor, diagnostic data can now be easily shared with Datacolor Support, resulting in faster issue resolution. Measurement speed within a global Citrix or Terminal Server environment is also substantially improved.

New CeramTec introduces standard S friction disc with super surface

CeramTecFor decades, CeramTec Standard friction discs have set the benchmark in the texturing of polyamide, with millions currently in use. Through further development of the surface quality, CeramTec has created a new surface structure that ensures excellent yarn values for polyamide.

By using the new CeramTec Standard S friction disc with Super Surface in the production of PA6.6, Dtex 78/68 it was possible to improve elongation by more than 6% and strength by more than 5 cN/tex compared to conventional friction discs. The tests were conducted on Barmag eFK machines at various yarn manufacturers with the setup 1/6/1.

The Super Surface structure is produced with a roughness of Ra 0.85 ± 0.15 µm using an innovative production method with a special surface treatment. CeramTec Standard S is also available in finer roughness on request.

The textile ceramic experts at CeramTec have brought yet another innovation to market and are setting new standards in the texturing of polyamide threads with the CeramTec Standard S friction disc with Super Surface. Its presentation at the world’s most important textile fair ITMA generated high interest.

Karl Mayer’s textile machine Kamcos 2 focuses on the user

indexIt has an optimised user interface design. The processes are designed not from a technical standpoint but on the basis of the machine’s operating sequences on site. The operator is helped by being guided through his daily jobs – from entry of the yarn into the machine to production of the final fabric.

The operating concept, with process-oriented main navigation systems, can be used via a modular arrangement and a uniform interface for the various types of machines. This applies to every area – from warp knitting, through warp preparation, to the production of technical textiles. For specific configurations, the contents of the production side can be adapted to the requirements of the user roles or machine features. To avoid any operator errors, monitoring algorithms have been integrated, and access is controlled via an RFID data chip with a specifically authorised access key in each case.

The user interface with its exceptional design, provides all the performance features of a modern automation platform. All the functions of modern textile machines can be fully integrated. This is based on the principles of an efficient, real-time data bus. Integrated elements include the a yarn monitoring system for instant detection of yarn breakages and rapid machine stoppage, a newly developed camera monitoring system for inspecting the textile web, and a new machine lighting system with status indicator for providing information on the operating status.

Korean team develops superbug resistant fabric from bacterial pigment

UNISTAn industry-academia team in South Korea has effectively used pigment from bacteria found in nature to develop superbug resistant fabrics. A team of institute-industry partners affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) involving Korean Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, industrial partner, Yeejoo Company and UNIST has used bacterial pigment “Violacein,” to impart antimicrobial properties.

Violacein, an indole derivative is a violet pigment made by naturally occurring bacteria such as those belonging to genus such as Chromobacterium. Violacein has been reported to have antimicrobial and antiparasital properties in microbiology related literature.

The bacterial pigment was coated to the fabric and has been reported to have good efficacy to MRSA and multi drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The coated fabrics inhibited the growth of MRSA and other supebugs by 99.9 percentage, according to UNIST. The work could be first of its kind to effectively utilize bacterial pigment as a coating agent on fabrics to impart antimicrobial properties. The Korean team has developed prototype face masks and they are currently being put to use in a local hospital in Ulsan city, South Korea. UNIST is a young national University in South Korea with emphasis on science and technology established in the year, 2007 in Ulsan city.

USU biological engineer patents method to make natural blue dye using bacteria

Utah State UniversityA Utah State University researcher has taken a big step toward making a safer, more natural dye that can be used in the food, textile, cosmetic and other industries. Dr. Jixun Zhan, an associate professor of biological engineering at USU, has secured a patent for an innovative method to produce the deep blue dye known as indigoidine. The tint was originally synthesized from a bacterial strain found in Rhode Island and offered a promising alternative to the synthetic dyes used to color jeans, leather, food, beverages and paper. Zhan’s patent also includes the development of a new method to further process and purify the pigment before it’s ready for use – an important step when using the colorant in food and drinks. Business experts say the patent presents an exciting opportunity across several industries.

“The demand for natural dyes is growing rapidly,” said Christian Iverson, business development director for USU. “I’ve had a number of conversations with food and consumer product companies that are looking for natural dyes to replace some or all the synthetic chemical-based dyes currently in use – in particular blue.”

The invention is just the latest advancement Zhan and his team have made in the growing field of combinatorial biosynthesis. In other studies, Zhan is using bacteria as a heterologous host to produce natural, health-promoting compounds that are normally found in plants. In fact, it was his work on bioactive natural products that led Zhan to the indigoidine bacterium. Zhan says he’s confident manufacturers will see the added value of his natural dye process. He says today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the synthetic ingredients found in everyday products and are looking for natural substitutes wherever possible.

Emerald specialty polymers introduces Nychem® Poly4000 latex

Emerald Performance MaterialsEmerald Specialty Polymers, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, has introduced Nychem® Poly4000 latex, a specialized waterborne, polybutadiene homopolymer for plastics impact modification and specialty adhesives.

The new product is the latest addition to the group’s line of Nychem latex emulsions and further expands the range of offerings into new application areas. Nychem Poly4000 is the softest polymer in the product line and can be used to modify the impact resistance of more brittle engineered thermoplastics, a new end-use application, and enhance low-temperature performance in applications such as adhesives.

Historically, Nychem® products have been used as saturants and in specialty coatings to improve the strength, abrasion and chemical resistance, as well as other performance characteristics of paper, non-woven and textile and industrial coatings. The company also provides the well-known line of Hypro® 100% reactive liquid polymers (RLPs) to enhance toughening and impact resistance of thermoset systems that are often used in structural adhesives, high-performance composites and industrial maintenance coatings.Once impact-modified polymers have been synthesized with a Nychem Poly4000 butadiene rubber core, manufacturers can incorporate these materials into end uses such as thermoplastic elastomers, impact resistant plastics, hydrogels and other high-impact end uses. Nychem Poly4000 is also suitable for use in transparent materials.

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