Movers & Shakers June 2024: Lenzing and Cobalt Fashion Partner with Exponent Envirotech


ECOHUES brand hangtags that carry NFC chips.
ECOHUES brand hangtags that carry NFC chips.

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 Ken Norberg at ken@ifj.com.

Most recent update: June 10, 2024

DuPont Unveils Latest Generation Breather Membrane, DuPont™ Tyvek® Trifecta™

DuPont Tyvek Trifecta
DuPont Tyvek Trifecta

DuPont Performance Building Solutions, a leading innovator in material science, has announced the launch of its latest generation breather membrane, Tyvek® Trifecta™. The innovative product offers exceptional fire safety and moisture protection, making it an ideal solution for external walls of high-rise buildings in a convenient and light-weight roll size of 1.5m x 25m. Tyvek® Trifecta™ is a non-combustible breather membrane designed to provide all the benefits of a standard Tyvek® breather membrane, but with A2-s1, d0 Class Fire Performance to the current European Fire Classification Standard EN 13501-1. It surpasses current UK Building Regulations, which require membranes to meet Class B.

www.dupont.com

Lenzing and Cobalt Fashion Partner with Exponent Envirotech to Revolutionize Fashion with ECOHUES™

ECOHUES brand hangtags that carry NFC chips.
ECOHUES brand hangtags that carry NFC chips.

Lenzing Group, a leading global producer of wood-based specialty fibers, has partnered with technology start-up Exponent Envirotech to introduce ECOHUES™, a waterless dyeing technology to wood-based cellulosic fibers. The technology, regarded as a possible alternative to conventional water-based dyeing, can be applicable to cotton and linen yarns. Through collaboration with Lenzing, for the first time, ECOHUES™ is applied to cellulosic fibers, namely TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers, as well as LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibers, which are certified with the EU Ecolabel for environmental excellence. Joining forces with Hong Kong-based innovative knitwear manufacturer Cobalt Fashion, the dynamic trio is set to bring the scientific breakthrough to the mainstream textile market.

For every ton of yarn, 120 tons of water is required in the traditional dyeing process. This usually involves pre-treatment, water-based dyeing, washing, and finishing under a chemically intensive environment. ECOHUES™ technology effectively replaces the use of water in the dyeing process with a non-aqueous solvent that is 99.8% reusable and streamlines the pre-treatment and finishing processes by nearly removing the need for soap washing after dyeing. This helps to reduce the overall water usage by 95% compared to traditional dyeing methods. The simplified process not only lowers water and energy consumption but also boosts cost-effectiveness and production efficiency by significantly reducing the traditional dyeing duration from 12 hours to 6-8 hours.

www.lenzing.com

Altor acquires remaining Renewcell assets

Swedish investment firm Altor has acquired the remaining assets of the bankrupt textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell. The acquisition includes the company’s intellectual property and the production site in Sundsvall, Sweden, marking a new chapter for the pioneering recycler now rebranded as Circulose.

Renewcell mission was initially creating a circular economy for textiles within Europe.

Renewcell, known for winning the Best Sustainable Textile Innovation at Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards in 2023, faced financial difficulties earlier this year. The company filed for bankruptcy in February after failing to secure sufficient financing. Last month, its production site in Kristinehamn, Sweden, was acquired by the biomaterial company Biosorbe.

Under Altor’s ownership, Circulose is set to thrive with new investments aimed at expanding its global footprint. The financial specifics of the deal remain undisclosed, but the move is expected to inject the necessary resources to bolster Circulose’s innovative recycling technology. Circulose produces textile pulp from end-of-life garments and textile waste containing natural fibers, a revolutionary product in the drive towards a circular economy in the textile industry.

www.altor.com

STOLL Launches Trend Collection NOCTURNO

STOLL, a leading flat knitting machine manufacturer and a business unit of the KARL MAYER GROUP, announced the launch of its latest trend collection, NOCTURNO.

Stoll logo

Crafted by the esteemed Fashion & Technology department at Reutlingen, NOCTURNO draws inspiration from the captivating facets of nocturnal life, seamlessly merging intimate wear with elegant styles.

This collection showcases STOLL’s commitment to innovation and excellence in flat knitting. With a keen focus on pushing the boundaries of knitting technology, NOCTURNO introduces a range of technical advancements such as Versatility in Gauge; Innovative Knitting Techniques; Redefining Shapes; Fashionable and Functional Ideas for Stoll-knitrobotic® automation and AI in the Creative Process

www.stoll.com

Nominations Are Open for the 2024 Hygienix Innovation Award™

The 2024 Hygienix Innovation Award™

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has opened nominations for the Hygienix Innovation Award™. This Award recognizes a new product or technology in the absorbent hygiene, personal, pet, and wound care industries that expands the usage of nonwoven fabrics.

The Award will be presented at Hygienix™ 2024, Nov. 18-21 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Nominations will be accepted through Mon., Sept. 16th via www.inda.org/awards/hygienix-innovation-award.html.

Nominees will be selected from a broad range of new products or technologies that have been commercially available at most two years prior to Hygienix 2024. Eligible categories include, but are not limited to: raw materials, roll goods, converting, packaging, active ingredients, binders, additives, and end-use products.

Three finalists will present their innovations to industry leaders at Hygienix Tues., Nov. 19th. The winner will be announced Thurs., Nov. 21st.

Last year’s Hygienix Innovation Award was presented to Sequel for their Sequel Spiral™ Tampon. The Sequel Spiral™ Tampon features a proprietary spiral design that is engineered to be more fluid mechanically efficient, meaning it is designed to absorb more evenly and not leak before it’s full. In August 2023, the Sequel Spiral™ Tampon received clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device.

www.inda.org/awards/hygienix-innovation-award.html

Online Visitor Registration Opens for ITMA Asia + CITME

Visitors to Asia’s leading business platform for textile machinery – ITMA ASIA + CITME 2024 – can register their visit online to take advantage of early-bird rates. The exhibition will be held October 14-18, 2024 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai.

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2024

Visitors who pre-register on the combined show websites (itmaasia.com) by October 13 will enjoy early bird rates which are at a 40% discount. The early-bird rates are USD$9 (RMB 60) for a five-day badge and USD$5 (RMB 30) for a one-day badge. Standard onsite rates are RMB 100 for a five-day badge and RMB 50 for a one-day badge.

The combined show owners – CEMATEX and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC) are pleased with the positive response received for space application. Compared to the previous edition, the size of the exhibition is expected to be bigger.

At the end of May, 1,700 leading textile machinery manufacturers had applied for space. Among them are CHTC, Cixing, Fadis, Groz-Beckert, Itema, KARL MAYER, Memminger-Iro, Murata, Picanol, Rifa, Saurer, Savio, Shima Seiki, SPGPrints, Staubli, Tsudakoma, Truetzschler, Toyota, Vandewiele and Yoantion.

www.itmaasia.com

Leesona Corp. Merges With J. J. Jenkins

Leesona Corp. announced that it has merged with J. J. Jenkins, Inc. For almost four decades, J. J. Jenkins, Inc. has been the supplier of the finest slit tape and monofilament lines in the synthetic fiber industry. The company manufactures heated and ambient roll stands, single and multi-pass hot air ovens and liquid draw ovens – combining these and other components with their own proprietary control system, J. J. Jenkins supplies the complete yarn manufacturing process.

Leesona was founded in1892 and holds a strong reputation across the industry. This partnership will allow the company to supply turnkey solutions for your individual fiber production and winding needs.
Since its founding in 1984, J. J. Jenkins has forged lasting relationships with customers and vendors alike, and Leesona looks forward to helping build upon these cherished relationships even further. The core of the J. J. Jenkins team remains involved as we proceed together, including Joe Jenkins Jr., Jim LaLonde and Wilda Mitchell.

www.leesona.com

Syre to Make Textile-to-Textile Recycling a ‘Hyperscale’ Reality

Syre
Syre recycling

Sweden-based Syre recently announced a $100 million Series A raise, the bulk of which will go towards making textile-to-textile recycling a reality “at hyperscale,” starting with polyester.

H&M Group and impact investor Vargas launched the company in March of this year to help shift the textile industry away from virgin polyester and bottle-to-textile recycling, and towards a more circular system.

At launch, H&M group also announced an offtake agreement with Syre worth $600 million over seven years, which will cover “a significant share” of the H&M Group’s recycled polyester in future.
The textile industry accounts for roughly 10% of global CO2e emissions, while less than 1% of the global textile market comes from recycled materials. Everything else goes to the landfill or incinerator.

Syre will also acquire North Carolina based Premirr Plastics, which has the technology and patents to transform post-consumer waste into circular polyester.

www.syre.com

First Quality to expand in Georgia

Georgia governor Brian P. Kemp announced that First Quality Baby Products, LLC will invest $418 million to expand its footprint in Macon-Bibb County, creating 600 new jobs.

First Quality products
First Quality products

“We’re always thankful when job creators like First Quality choose to expand in Georgia, and we’ll keep working to strengthen these long-term partnerships that enrich communities in every corner of the state,” said Gov. Kemp. “More than 70 percent of last year’s economic development projects were expansions of businesses already operating here in our state, and thanks to companies like First Quality, that positive trend will continue.”

First Quality Baby Products, LLC and its affiliates manufacture baby diapers; youth and training pants; a full line of adult incontinence, feminine hygiene and wipes products; paper towels; and bath tissue while also packaging products for healthcare, retail and commercial channels.

www.firstquality.com

Stein Fibers Acquires Banyan Plastics

Stein Fibers Ltd. logo

Stein Fibers, LLC, a leading global supplier of sustainable fiber and polymer solutions, has acquired Banyan Plastics, LLC, a renowned distributor of recycled materials. The acquisition will accelerate Stein’s growth strategy in the sustainable polymers market, while providing desired distribution services to the most strategic PET manufacturers around the globe. This acquisition will further Stein’s ability to enable sustainability solutions to a diverse customer base throughout multiple end use markets.

www.steinfibers.com

Kimberly-Clark Exits Nigeria

Kimberly-Clark plans to close its production facility in Nigeria due to declining production and difficult economic conditions, according to multiple media outlets. The maker of Huggies diapers and Kotex feminine care products began production in Nigeria in 2012 but paused after five years in 2019 due to unfavorable conditions. Operations resumed in 2021 when the company opened a $100 million facility in Lagos. Since 2022, the company has downsized shifts and cut down on running days to reduce costs.
According to sources, the company has battled with high energy costs, raw materials and reduced demand from customers due to the prevailing economic situation.

Last year, K-C competitor Procter & Gamble announced it would shift its efforts in Nigeria to an imports only model.

Finalists Announced for 2024 World of Wipes Innovation Award

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the three finalists for the World of Wipes Innovation Award. The award will be presented at the annual World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference, June 17-20, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.

The three products vying for this award are multi-purpose cleaning wipes from Kimberly-Clark Professional, a bio-binder technology from OrganoClick, and facial care wipes from Rockline Industries.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 20.

The three companies competing for the Award are:

Scott Xtreme Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes by Kimberly-Clark Professional:
Scott Xtreme Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes are great for tackling extreme cleaning tasks, like removing oil, grease, grime, paint, adhesives, caulk, and more, yet are gentle enough to clean hands. Featuring a patented citrus cleaning solution, the dual-action cleaning fabric incorporates a textured side to increase scrubbing action for cleaning tough soils and a smooth side for wiping surfaces clean. Scott Xtreme Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes are truly a must-have for any DIY job and cleaning on-the-go.

OC-Biobinder Lily1450 by OrganoClick:
OC-Biobinder represents a series of bio-based and biodegradable binders intended for the nonwoven and paper industry. They are produced from renewable raw materials and residual streams from the food industry and replace traditional fossil-based plastic binders. OC-Biobinder is available with many different properties adapted to the production of home compostable nonwoven materials such as premium napkins, tablecloths and wet wipes.

Facial Care Wipe with Glycine Amino Acid Complex by Rockline Industries:
Rockline’s development of a facial wipe product containing a unique multifunctional complex of two glycines, a phospholipid compound and a blend of glycols allows for a multitude of skincare benefits as well as providing a self-preserving system for cellulosic nonwovens. Believed to be the first application of glycines in a wet wipe formulation, the product offers improved skin smoothness, elasticity, and hydration alongside an anti-aging claim.

INDA’s Technical Advisory Board selected the finalists based on the creativity, uniqueness, and technical sophistication employed in finding novel ways to expand the utilization of nonwovens. Categories considered for the award were wipes-related raw materials, roll goods, converting, packaging, active ingredients, binders, additives and end-use products.

www.worldofwipes.org