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In the dynamic and global textile fiber industry with its various manufacturing processes and end-uses, news and information is breaking on a daily basis. International Fiber Journal is tracking stories relevant to our industry from manmade to natural to bio-based fibers, innovations in nonwoven, woven, braided and technical textiles, technologies for additives, bonding, coatings and polymers, and applications from apparel to hygiene to transportation, and more. Here we will post news stories relevant to textile fibers and their downstream applications on an ongoing basis. Please check back for regular updates. If you have news that you feel should be added to this summary report, please email it to Matt Migliore at email@example.com.
Most recent update: October 31, 2020
David Zarrilli named Director of Global Sales & Marketing for Thwing-Albert Instrument Company
Thwing-Albert Instrument Company announced David Zarrilli will be assuming the role of Director of Global Sales and Marketing. As David has been with Thwing-Albert for nearly 30 years, having spent most of that time in various sales and marketing positions, he brings a solid foundation and understanding of materials testing and the instrumentation required to meet the demands of today’s vigorous testing needs. For the past 10 years, he was a regional account manager responsible for direct interaction with clients to identify and provide testing instrumentation that was optimized for their specific testing needs.
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Fibre Extrusion Technology announces new orders for projects focused on sustainable material development
Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited (FET) of Leeds, England, announces new orders for melt spinning extrusion lines for sustainable fiber and materials development. With over 50 such pilot and laboratory extrusion lines already out and operating successfully in the field, FET currently has orders for eight additional systems and is currently engaged at the development stage with numerous other clients on sustainable projects.
The growing trend towards global sustainability has been embraced by textile and yarn manufacturers and FET is positioning to assist in developing polymers made from renewable resources, which it views as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, either bio-based (produced from biomass feedstocks such as starch and cellulose) or recycled polymers which repurpose existing materials.
FET has considerable experience in sustainable fiber development across a broad spectrum of industries. These include Medical (resorbable, PPE, face masks, gowns and bandages), Textiles (flooring, bedding, clothing, footwear and sportswear), Manufacturing (3D printing, automotive, composites and filtration), Consumables (coffee filters and tea bags) and Agriculture (tying twines and strimmer lines).
The company has successfully processed almost 30 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and non-woven formats. The in-house Process Development Laboratory enables client testing and evaluation throughout the experimental and development phases of every project.
INDA issues official statement on plastics in the environment
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, issued a position statement on the issue of plastic in the environment. The statement covers the “Definition of Plastics,” “Applicability of Plastics Legislation,” “Responsibly Sourced Plastics,” and “Responsible End-of-Life Plastics.”
In the introduction of its statement, INDA noted: “While every company has its own position and interests regarding this issue, the attached Position Statement can be helpful in framing the issue and discussing with local policy makers what our industry is doing and thinking about the use of plastics in nonwovens. The key point of the attached is that, in our highly innovative industry, material science developments that deliver desired performance, either in their sourcing or their end-of-life behavior, should not be subjected to remedies intended for plastic materials that do not have desired performance in those areas. Policy makers who jump to material prescriptive approaches could pre-empt the use of materials that do exactly what they want materials to do, but because they fit a certain definition of ‘plastic’ can be banned or subjected to fines or levies.”
* International Fiber Journal is owned by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (inda.org8).
RGE issues report outlining plans for $200M investment in textile fiber innovation
RGE has released a 2019-2020 progress report on its commitment to invest US $200 million in next-generation textile fiber innovation and technology over a 10-year period. The inaugural report is released a week ahead of the annual Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference where RGE announced its commitment a year ago.
The 28-page report provides a summary of the activities undertaken by RGE’s business groups involved in the fashion value chain to advance its ambition towards closed loop, circular and climate-positive cellulosic fiber.
Bey Soo Khiang, Vice Chairman, RGE said, “We pride ourselves on the fact that the virgin resources we draw on to make a range of daily essential products are renewable. But this does not mean that we rest on our laurels. In fact, we are taking our sustainability commitment to the next level by exploring how waste can also be used as a resource to regenerate new materials and give rise to a truly circular economy.”
The target allocation for the investment is set at 70% in scaling up proven clean technology in fiber manufacturing, 20% in bringing pilot scale production to commercial scale, and 10 per cent in R&D in emerging frontier solutions.
RGE has adopted a three-pronged approach to its investments: sourcing ready solutions in the market, investing in start-ups, and strengthening its in-house R&D capabilities.
In the past 12 months, notable achievements included the launch of FINEX™, a Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)-certified fiber containing up to 20% recycled content produced using a 35,000 ton per annum commercial line, inaugural production of Lyocell, a closed-loop fiber that uses minimal chemical and a solvent that is nearly fully recoverable and recycled, as well as new R&D facilities in China and Indonesia. It also initiated an in-house cotton textile waste recycling project.
Read INDA’s position statement: https://www.inda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/INDA-Position-Statement-on-Plastics.pdf12