Techtextil North American Preview

March 16, 2011

Techtextil North America will be held March 15-17, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Over 150 exhibitors will showcase their company’s capabilities to more than 2000 attendees.   

The entire spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens will be showcased, from research and development to production to processing and recycling to trade associations and publishers.
Exhibitors will highlight and display fibers, yarns, woven fabrics, laid webs, braiding, knitted fabrics, nonwovens, coated textiles, canvas products, composites, adhesives/bonding, research, development, planning, consultation, technology, machinery and accessories.

Held concurrently with the exhibition, a Symposium will offer ten sessions with more than 40 presentations in a variety of formats that cover a wide range of topics from high performance nonwovens, sustainable materials, military developments and research to medical textiles. Two new sessions have been added: Executive Forum and Educational Forum.  

Here is a preview of what some of the exhibitors will be showcasing:

BASF     Booth 1317

BASF will feature its innovative technologies for the nonwovens, textiles and fibers market at Techtextil North America.

BASF will highlight its comprehensive portfolio of products for the nonwovens, textiles and fibers market, including acrylic copolymer binder resins, pigments and effect additives. Experts from BASF will be at the booth to provide information on BASF’s additives and colorants that add functionality, durability and appeal to nonwovens, including Flamestab NOR halogen-free flame retardants, Irgatec CR 76 polymer modifiers that enable spun bond to perform as meltblown, and its broad palette of colorants that offer design options and brilliance.

The company will also highlight Acrodur Acrylic Thermosets, innovative binders for a variety of applications, including natural fiber composites, technical nonwovens and filtration media. These binders are formaldehyde-, phenol- and  VOC-free and thus present no hazardous emissions or costly emission control equipment, no odor and no labeling issues.

Consolidated Fibers      Booth 1510

Consolidated Fibers is the exclusive supplier of Basofil staple fiber in North America.   At Techtextil, the company will showcase Basofil, an advanced technology melamine fiber designed to blend with commodity and synergistic fibers.  Key physical attributes of Basofil include the following: excellent dimensional stability; superior thermal protective performance (TPP) value; low thermal conductivity; and ultraviolet (UV) radiation resistance.

Competing fiber blends and alternative flame resistant methodology cannot match the protective performance, value and versatility of Basofil.  Basofil offers permanent and non-toxic protection allowing the development of FR, high temperature and UV stable products that are safe, compliant and competitively priced.  Produced in North Carolina, Basofil is conveniently available when and where customers need it.  

Consolidated Fibers’ portfolio of fiber solutions also includes: high tenacity polyester and nylon filament, virgin polyester staple for woven and nonwoven formation technologies; CoPET, PE/PP & PE/PET bicomponent staple for thermal bonding; Type 6 & Type 6,6 nylon staple; flame resistant and standard rayon; as well as recycled post consumer and post industrial staple fibers from 1.5 - 45 denier.

Dilo Inc.     Booth 1500

Dilo is the premier builder and supplier of complete nonwoven lines for staple fiber products.
Recent machine concepts from Dilo Group companies DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau and DiloMachines will be promoted with an emphasis on new equipment components to improve web quality and uniformity applicable to all bonding processes.

DiloTemafa has introduced the DON dosing opener as a link between the opening/blending operation and card feeder. This ensures that fire flow to this feeder is both consistent and continuous.

DiloSpinnbau has the Multifeed card feeder in widths which can exceed five meters.  This unit is equipped with a twin fiber delivery system in the upper chamber which provides a more regular fiber flow. A two roll opening stage allows fiber into the lower chamber with further compaction by mechanical means and air movement derived from the permeable delivery apron.
Multifeed can be used with all DiloSpinnbau card types in crosslapping applications or with high speed cards in series for hydroentanglement web formation.

This card range has been recently extended by the Multicard which offers roller infeed, a breast cylinder with three worker/stripper pairs and a 1500mm main cylinder with a further five roller pairs. This is a double doffer system with the possible activation of condenser rolls for heavier webs. Such a card will handle the full range of fiber fineness and length with a web speed potential up to 200 m/min and offers an economic solution for cross laid nonwoven production.
DiloMachines offer both vertical (HL series) and horizontal (DL series) crosslappers with the former arrangement providing infeed speeds up to 200m/min.

The Dilo DL lappers operate in an infeed speed range of 80-160 m/min depending on application and specific model used. In addition to high infeed speeds new apron arrangements have been used to give high layering precision based on excellent web control. These machines have been supplied up to ca. 14 m in width for papermachine clothing applications.

The further development of needlelooms continues. Elliptical and circular needlebeam movements are used to control drafts in the needling zone and also provide high speed felt production in the 30-80 gsm weight range.

EMS-Griltech     Booth 1525

Our main products are based on polyamide, copolyamide and copolyester chemistry and all have been developed and are produced in our own plants in Domat/Ems Switzerland, Neumünster, Germany and Sumter, SC.  

Griltex is the registered trademark for hotmelt adhesives based on copolyamides and copolyesters sold in granules or various powder forms.

Grilonit, Nexylon and Nexylene are the registered trade marks for our technical fibers based on PA6, PA66, CoPA, CoPES and PPS.  Our fibers are also offered in several bicomponent configurations.

Based on a broad “know how” in polymers, we are able to develop new hot melt adhesives and fibers for a wide range of applications.

Griltex—Specially designed hotmelt adhesives are used in a wide range of applications such as automotive, filtration, home textiles, apparel interlinings, packaging, transfer labels and medical. The development of new polymers provides us the opportunity to enter into new hotmelt adhesives markets outside of textiles. Metal, glass, PVC and other smooth surfaces are new applications where thermoplastic hotmelt adhesives are used.  Our products fulfill all requirements for environmental compatibility, recycling and fast process cycle times. Our Griltex products are FDA approved as well as REACH conformity.

Grilon—Our highly resistant fibers are extensively used in the manufacture of Paper Machine Cloths (PMC). Melt bonding fibers made from CoPA or CoPES, as full profile or as bicomponent fibers are a specialty of EMS and are used in a huge range of applications. Polyamide 6 (PA6) fine count fibers used for apparel interlinings have a soft textile touch. For carpet, coarser counts are used and can be spun dyed practically in every color. The advantage of spun dyed fibers is the much easier processing and color fastness compared to solution dyed fibers. The opening on the carding machine is excellent with reduced fiber damage and the finished substrate will have an excellent fleece picture.

Nexylong—PA 6.6 fibers show a high resistance against cleaning agents and chemicals as well as very good abrasion resistance. Our PA 66 fibers are specifically used for the abrasives market.
Nexylene—In hot gas filtration, these very high temperature resistant fibers are made of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) as the preferred choice.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, EMS-Griltech has many years of experience. Ongoing development work with our customers enables us to continue to manufacture new and innovative products to satisfy changing market requirements. Technical developments in our service centers as well as at customer sites, and outstanding customer service are very important goals.

RKW US, Inc.     Booth 1309

RKW US, Inc. will showcase new Aptra Elements, a metallic, highly reflective air barrier membrane for walls, roofing, architecture, construction, marine, tent and upholstery industries. Made of durable, UV stabilized polypropylene and nonwoven, the advanced material maintains strength and flexibility without metal surface rub-off or oxidation. Breathable, waterproof and durable, the engineering breakthrough is available in various weights and uses technology based on Aptra UV8 microporous film and science from confidential European and U.S. partners. Product characteristics include a surface reflectivity of 0.97% and emissivity of 0.03% that’s light-weight, non-abrasive, water-resistant and a barrier to mold and mildew.

Testing for trade and code associations’ certification is under review. Aptra Elements is available only through RKW US, Inc., its manufacturing partners and select distributors.
The Aptra family of microporous films include: UV8, high water barrier, high moisture vapor transmission, meeting AAMI Level 4 compliance, ASTM-F1670 and ASTM-F1671 resistance to blood-borne pathogens and viruses. Aptra applications include disposable protective apparel in the medical and industrial segments as well as construction segments for house wrap and roofing underlayment, analytical instrumentation and packaging.

The second new product RKW US Inc. will present is RoofTopGuard Craftsman, a new roof underlayment, based on RKW’s premier RoofTopGuard II technology but weighs 40% less, and installs faster and easier than #30 felt paper. Lightweight, waterproof, hurricane-resistant to rip and tears, mold, mildew, insects, vermin and rot, RoofTopGuard II withstands outdoor exposure for up to six months without degradation and is guaranteed for 30 years. Designed with RKW’s exclusive Fiber-Grip slip resistant surface, RoofTopGuard II provides superior grip and traction compared to standard roofing felts and meets criteria set forth by CMCC of Canada.
RKW will also feature Polydress LP-Keder air bubble greenhouse film - a highly UV resistant film that efficiently replaces glass and other rigid plastics in outdoor roofing and walls while retaining 60-95% greenhouse heat.  LP-Keder diffuses sunlight evenly for improved plant growth. Waterproof, airtight, lightweight and flexible, LP-Keder can be cut with a knife or scissors to adjust to structure changes, and can be recycled or safely incinerated. Polydress LP-Keder is guaranteed against UV light degradation for up to five years.

Schenk Vision     Booth 1208

Schenk Vision, an industry leader in the design and development of high performance test and measurement solutions will highlight EasyMeasure, a new web monitoring option. With this unique and innovative product, customers now have a way to save their company real money. Schenk has set itself two steps ahead of the competition as EasyMeasure reveals the real potential for process optimization.

EasyMeasure is a new approach to monitoring web process parameters for the nonwovens industry typically done with mechanically scanning gauges. EasyMeasure’s emphasis is on providing data points at a very high spatial measurement density with 100% surface coverage. Every square inch of the web is being monitored, not just the historical “Z” pattern standard with mechanically scanning gauging systems.  EasyMeasure is a purely optical measurement that uses a light source and CCD line scan cameras. CCD line scan cameras typically have 2048 or 4096 pixels. Each pixel can be looked at as an individual sensor and   EasyMeasure can take thousands of data points simultaneously. EasyMeasure can be combined with Schenk’s EasyInspect, 100% automated defect inspection resulting in a single system solution for both gauging and defect detection. The EasyMeasure (gauging) and EasyInspect (defect detection) modules integrate seamlessly into each other and can share the same hardware including CCD cameras.

Texel     Booth 1509

Texel is one of North America’s leading manufacturers of technical materials for various industrial uses. Over the last few years, Texel’s industrial division has been developing innovative solutions for various highly specialized applications. Among the many industrial markets that Texel serves, it has extensive activities in the automotive sector.

Our multidisciplinary team and advanced engineering capabilities can efficiently meet the needs of the industrial market by creating products that blend diversified technical features with optimum performance, such as our thermoformable line of products commercialized under the Thermofit brand.

At Techtextil, Texel will showcase several applications for Thermofit.
The coated materials division of Texel has evolved to become one of North America’s premier specialists in the development and manufacturing of innovative coated materials. Our technical coatings are used in a wide variety of applications and industries around the world.

As specialists in flat die thermoplastics extrusion, we are constantly adding to the list of cutting-edge technological polymers and substrates that we can offer to our partners. Whether it is extruding a film, or onto a substrate, a large part of our versatility stems from our ability to design and compound custom formulations in house. We can also create a variety of fabric/coating composites by combining polymers and fabrics in a multi-layer process.
In addition, our custom-engineered roto-gravure finishing line is a model of versatility. Due to its unique design, we are able to perform multiple color printing, top coating, embossing, winding and inspection procedures in a single process.

T.J. Beall     Booth 1521

T. J. Beall, Sr. founded T. J. Beall Company in 1936 as a broker of textile by-products. Today we continue to be a family owned corporation. We are manufacturers of two main products – cleaned gin motes and UltraClean Cotton.

Cleaned gin motes are used in the spinning of yarns and in the production of absorbent cotton products and nonwoven products.

UltraClean Cotton is produced from 100% virgin (greige) cotton for the nonwovens industry. As its name intimates, it is “Ultra Clean,” and the fibers are very open and process at high nonwoven production speeds due to the natural lubrication present on the cotton fibers. The fibers are virtually completely free of visible foreign matter and priced comparably to thermoplastic polymers with a “green” story unmatched by other premium natural fibers.

Trützschler Nonwovens Group     BOOTH 1309

In our constant efforts to adapt the products of the Trützschler Nonwovens Group to the requirements of the market, the
calender, the foam padder and the calibration unit of our production program have been redesigned. The target was to unify the double roller unit to a common constructional base and at the same time adjust the single aggregates to our customer’s needs today.
The result is a machine consisting of two rollers which can be used as a calibration unit, calender, foam padder, squeezing unit or printing unit. Depending on the requirements of the process the rolls can be installed horizontal or vertical. The diameter of the roller is chosen based on standard roll diameters according to the actual pressure needed and the process requirements. The pressure is generated pneumatically; an electro mechanical pressure generation is foreseen only for calibration units with special requirements.

The rolls can be cooled, heated or cooled and heated. Where necessary the machine is equipped with a roller-bending-compensation-system.

Trützschler Nonwovens has been active in developing new markets for hydro entangling and one of the new products are hot air filters. The mechanically pre-needled webs are finished with the Fleissner AquaJet, resulting in better efficiencies and higher filter qualities due to smoother surface of the fabric. Also it is possible to reduce the weight of the filter media keeping the same filtration efficiency, which reduces the cost of the fabric.

There have been further developments with splittable fibers processed via an Erko pre needle loom and a Fleissner AquaJet. Samples will be presented.
Erko has further advanced their needle looms by a high efficient suction system keeping the stripper plates clean and to improve the uptime especially on recycled fiber materials, which are more and more used in nonwoven products.

Symposium Sure To Be A Hit

Techtextil North America will also include a three-day symposium that has been developed to meet the current strategies and goals of the attendees and exhibitors. The program is:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
8:30-9:15 a.m.
Keynote Address
Jeremy Litchfield, founder/chief pacesetter, Atayne, LLC, Brunswick, ME

Morning Sessions (Concurrent, 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
Educational Forum
Session Chair: Dr. Fred Cook, professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

A new and unique program designed for those in the industry or those coming in who may want a refresher in textiles oriented to technical applications. Elements of fiber, yarn and fabric types, attributes and advantages of each type and their applications will be presented.

Lutz Heinig, technical manager, Karl Mayer North America, Greensboro, NC; Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, director of The Nonwovens Institute – Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center,
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Executive Forum

Session Chair: William Smith, symposium director, Techtextil North America, Greenville, SC
We know where we are, where are we going? Designed for advanced professionals, a number of high ranking industry executives will give their opinion on the technical textiles industry, how they are handling the recession and trends they may see. Get the benefit of their thoughts on the outlook for technical textiles from their perspective.
Panelists: Michael Jaenecke, brand manager Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt GmbHs, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Andreas Dorner, head of global marketing textile, Lenzing AG, Lenzing, Austria; Don Olsen, global group director, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Union City, GA; Jim Borneman, editor-in-chief, Textile World Magazine, Atlanta, GA

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent, 1:30 – 4 p.m.)

Extreme Outdoor

Session Chair: Jeff Dugan, cofounder and research vice president, Fiber Innovation Technology, Johnson City, TN

A New Technical Fiber Variant For Performance Wear, Seth Casden, CEO, Hologenix, LLC, Santa Monica, CA

Specialized Testing – Helping to design better products with technical fabrics, Christopher Moore, general manager, Optimer Labs, Wilmington, DE

Peroxide Based Fabric Functionalization for Antimicrobial and Antifungal Properties, Bernd Liesenfeld, Ph.D., principal scientist, Quick-Med Technologies, Inc., Gainesville, FL
Influences of Adidas TechFit PowerWeb Apparel on Athletic Performance, Jay Worobets, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow, Human Performance Lab, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
Usable Technology I

Session Chair: Malcolm Rosenow, global, new business development consultant, Aiken, SC
Innovative Viscose Fibers for Novel Applications, Richard Reid, Kelheim Fibers GmbH, Daphne, AL, U.S.

Knitted-to-Shape Spacer Fabrics – Opportunities and Applications, Lutz Heinig, technical manager, Karl Mayer North America, Greensboro, NC

New Capabilities of Microencapsulation For the Technical Textile Industry, Ted Goodwin, vice president of business development, ENCAPSYS Appleton, Appleton, WI

Functional Metallization of Textiles and Plastic Films, Thomas Rimel, Jr., vice president operations and development, Dunmore Corp., Bristol, PA

New Developments in Atmospheric Plasma for Textiles, Rory Wolf, vice president, business development, technology manager -

Atmospheric Plasma & Flame Systems, Enercon Industries, Menomonee Falls, WS, U.S.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Morning Sessions (Concurrent, 8:30- 11 a.m.)

Military I – Outlook

Session Chair: Dr. Eugene Wilusz, Natick soldier RDE Center, Natick, MA
Production of Functional Thermoplastic Nano/Submicron-fibers and Membranes, Dr. Gang Sun, Ph.D. professor, division of textiles and clothing, University of California, Davis, CA

Chemical Transfer From Contaminated Cloth To Human Skin
Xiaoying Hui, M.D., associate research dermatologist, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Superoleophobic Fabric Treatments, Dr. Joseph Mabry, lead, Polymer Working Group, Edwards Air Force Base, CA

The eGlove: A New Human-Computer Interface Paradigm for

Chemical/Biological Operations, Emily Medina, research scientist, Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, CA, U.S.


Session Chair: Jim Kaufmann, TEAM, Inc., Textile Engineering and Manufacturing, Woonsocket, RI, U.S.

A Simple Introduction to Green and Sustainable, Jim Kaufmann, TEAM, Inc., Textile Engineering and Manufacturing, Woonsocket, RI

PLA Fibers – The Journey Continues, Robert Green, Americas business director, Natureworks, LLC, Minnetonka, MN
Is Your Supply Chain Committed to Sustainable and Green?, Joe Walkuski, president/CEO,

TEXbase, Inc., Bozeman, MT

Greenwashing Sustainability, Steven Jesseph, president/CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, Arlington, VA
Successfully Using Recycling, Green and Sustainability as an Integral Part of your Business Strategy, Jamie Bainbridge, director, Textile Development & Sustainability, Nau, Inc., Portland, OR

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Military II – Technology to Impact the Industry

Session Chair: Harry Winer, president, HIP Consulting, LLC, Holliston, MA, U.S.

Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility Capabilities and Partnering Opportunities, Cleveland
Heath, Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility, Natick, MA

Industry-Academia-Government Model Cooperation, Dr. Mark Gebhart, Wright State University School of Medicine and John Granby, vice president government relations, Lion Apparel, Inc., Dayton, OH

Recent Developments in the Evaluation of Thermal Protective Clothing, Professor Guowen Song, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

Developing a Technical Basis for New Textile Products for Military and Responder Applications, Dr. Roger Barker, Center for Research on Textile Protection and Comfort, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC


Session Chair: Dr. Gang Sun, Ph.D. professor, division of textiles and clothing, University of California, Davis, CA

Textiles and Effective Odor Control, Jeffrey Trogolo, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Agion, Wakefield, MA

Development of Protective Clothing Using Organic Cotton Knit Fabric with Metallic Oxide Coatings for AIDS Patients, J.S.Subashini, M.Sc., M.Phil., researcher, Mother Teresa University, Kodaikannallk, India

Reusable and Disposable in Medical Textiles: Beyond Either/or Options in the Operating Room, Susan Kaiser, University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.

The “Greening” of Reusable Surgical Textiles, Steven Tinker, president, American Reusable Textile Association, Research &

Development, Gurtler Industries, Inc., Mission, KS

Creating and Testing Innovative Textiles Containing Non-Leaching Antimicrobial and Moisture Management Features, Robert Monticello, Ph.D., ÆGIS Environments, Midland, MI

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Morning Sessions (Concurrent, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Protective Textiles

Session Chair: John Cronin, marketing manager, Warwick Mills, New Ipswich, NH

Mine Rescue Ensembles for Underground Coal Mining
F. Selcen Kilinc-Balci, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA

The Future of Auxetic Technology, David O’Keefe, president/CEO, Advanced Fabric Technologies, LLC, Houston, TX

Research and Perspectives on Long Term Performance of Body Armor, Amanda Forster, materials research engineer, Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES), National Institute of

Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

FR101 - The Basics and Beyond- What You Need To Know, Denise Statham, business development manager, Bulwark Protective Apparel, Nashville, TN

Recent Advancements In UHMPE Fiber For Ballistic And Hand-Protection Markets, Shitij Chabba, marketing manager - Personal Protection Americas, DSM Dyneema
Usable Technology II

Session Chair: Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, director Nonwovens

Institute, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

New Technical Textiles from Semiconductor Nanowires, Brian Korgel, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Materials Institute, Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology,

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX,

Spiral Fabrics: A Fabric Technology for the Future, Mike Di Ruscio, Representing H.R. Leo Company, Germany

The Rapidly Growing Field of Carbon Fiber Technology and Applications, Malcolm Rosenow, global, new business development consultant, Aiken, SC

Nonwoven Filter Media – A Look Back, Trends and Future Market Needs, Clint Scoble, principal filtration consultant Filter Media Services, LLC, Cincinnati, OH

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