The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing sustainable and innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, today announced the publication of its first annual Planet Agenda Update. Visitors to the company’s website may download the entire update or the abridged 2030 Goals and Commitments section.

The Planet Agenda Update is named for The LYCRA Company’s sustainability framework that was established in 2008. It has three pillars that touch every aspect of its business: corporate responsibility, product sustainability, and manufacturing excellence. The sustainability goals outlined in these documents are organized around these pillars, include 2030 targets (unless otherwise noted), and provide 2021 baseline performance.

“We believe in transparency and think it’s important to have a clear sustainability roadmap to guide our business into the future – a bold plan that fully supports our customers and stakeholders,” said Julien Born, chief executive officer of The LYCRA Company. “In support of this plan, we have signed the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Call-to-Action Commitment Letter, a testament to our company’s focus on lowering emissions and environmental impact. I’m proud of our teams’ work to advance our sustainability efforts and develop our 2030 goals as we work toward our 2050 net zero commitment.”

This update also outlines how the company’s sustainability goals align with five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reports on its progress made thus far in reaching its objectives.

“We have a long legacy as an industry leader known for investing in developing sustainable fibers and collaborating across the value chain,” said Jean Hegedus, sustainability director at The LYCRA Company. “As we created our 2030 goals, we researched our customers’ goals to ensure that our goals supported them, which inspired the update’s theme of ‘What moves you… is what moves us.'”

The LYCRA Company is an innovation-driven organization that began offering COOLMAX® EcoMade fiber in 2008 and has since extended its recycled product line to include fiber branded under LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, and THERMOLITE®. It also produces LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ brand fibers for stretch apparel that delivers lasting shape and fit. Extending garment life with durable fibers reduces the environmental impact of garments and helps keep them out of landfills. The company recently announced an agreement with Qore® LLC to use QIRA® for bio-derived LYCRA® fiber at scale.

“Our industry-leading research and development team is creating the next generation of sustainable offerings for apparel and personal care products right now. We can’t wait to share what’s next,” Born added.

LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, and XTRA LIFE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company. Qore® LLC and QIRA® are trademarks of Qore® LLC.

The identification of profitable new niche markets has been central to the success and continuous expansion of Germany’s Dolinschek, a leading knitting, dyeing and finishing specialist, located in Burladingen in Baden-Württemberg.

“There is so much more to textiles than just clothing,” says Theo Dolinschek, who runs the company with his brother Erwin. “We handle many different technical materials such as automotive components, geotextiles and wallcoverings, but also those for more unusual applications such as inlays for extractor hoods, cut protection fabrics and even wool felts which are employed as insulation on wind turbines.

“We have also recently started to produce compression stockings in a variety of colours, because not everyone wants them black, beige or skin coloured. The most important product areas for us now are in sportswear, corsetry and lingerie, as well as orthopedic and medical products, workwear and protective clothing, but in addition, many other technical applications. It’s very necessary to keep thinking ahead and recognise the full diversity of the textile sector.”

Theo Dolinschek: “It’s very necessary to keep thinking ahead and recognise the full diversity of the textile sector.”© Monforts

Historic location
The Dolinschek brothers moved their business to the historic site of the former Ambrosius Heim textile company in Burladingen in 2001 in order to expand. At the time, the company – founded by their father in 1980 as a textile wholesaler before moving into dyeing – employed just 13 people. Within a year, the company had bought additional space at the site.

Now, with Theo in charge of technology and sales, and Erwin responsible for production, the company employs almost 100 people and operates on an integrated site of 35,000 square metres.

In 2005, a laminating department was established by the company and since 2012 investment in knitting machines has been ongoing.
“The further we went into vertical integration, the more of our own products we were able to position on the market and so we were also able to make ourselves more independent,” says Theo. “We have continued to develop and today we can produce high-quality fabrics for many fields, with 42 knitting machines, 36 dyeing machines, three stenter frames and many other production and processing machines.”

Proprietary technology
Dolinschek has also developed its own proprietary TMG dyeing machines which have subsequently been successfully sold to many other companies all over the world. There are currently 11 of these machines in operation at the Burladingen site and around 45 installed at other companies.

“There are many general techniques for finishing textile fabrics but it is necessary to constantly look for other ways and solutions,” says Theo. “We do this all the time, if only to save time, energy and other resources.”

For finishing technology, however, the company relies on Monforts, and has installed a new seven chamber Montex TwinAir stenter range with a Montex®Coat coating unit in knife execution, enabling the coating of dimensionally stable knitted fabrics with polyurethane or acrylate. Another unique feature is the Teflon-coated (non-stick) transportation belt through the system.

The Montex line is also equipped with integrated heat recovery and exhaust gas purification to ensure the most resource-efficient processing available on the market. The exhaust air goes from the Monforts heat recovery system into an existing air/water heat recovery system and then into an electrostatic precipitator.

Highly-intuitive Monforts Qualitex visualisation software allows all machine functions and process parameters to be assessed and controlled easily, and thousands of article specific settings and formulations to be called up at any time – with 100% reproducible results.
“The system was installed quickly and the well-engineered technology was soon put into operation,” Theo says. “We enjoyed a very good cooperation with Monforts from the planning stage and especially during the commissioning. We have also just put a new Erbatech open-width washing machine into operation to round off our new in-house technology and we are constantly involved in staff training and development and the improvement of our products, as well as currently with the stabilisation and safeguarding of all processes.”

KARL MAYER continues to be successful in the denim sector and is an important partner for the influential players in the industry. The company is establishing relationships with leading brands and recently signed an agreement to pursue a joint project with Levi Strauss & Co. for a more sustainable indigo dyeing process.

he innovation in indigo dyeing goes hand in hand with sustainability
KARL MAYER is already with its PRODYE®-S unit a leader in the fashion market, and its PRODYE®-R is increasingly establishing in the rope dyeing process. In 2019, KARL MAYER launched at the ITMA Barcelona its GREENDYE technology. The innovation is based on nitrogen dyeing system, and its advantages include highly reduced chemical consumption, best dyeing efficiency, and significant water savings.

GREENDYE laboratory machine in KARL MAYER’s Denim R&D Center

The arguments for more sustainability and economic efficiency are convincing. This year, the innovative global player NIEN HSING was the first manufacturer to invest in GREENDYE by KARL MAYER. The premiere machine will be delivered to Taiwan by end of this year.

Denim R&D Center
The KARL MAYER Research & Development Center for Denim offers the opportunity to test the performance of GREENDYE by KARL MAYER on a pilot plant with individual trials. “The customer can come to us with his yarn. We dye and warp it and process it with our Italian partners into fabrics that he can compare with his previous goods,” explains Stefano Agazzi, Chief of Technology and Products at KARL MAYER. The experienced denim specialist is also on hand to answer questions and help with his extensive network.

Representatives of seven companies and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) signed at the AMTC conference in Munich a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of establishing/founding the “Bavarian AM Cluster” (BAMC).

Representatives from the companies AUDI AG, EOS, GE Additive, Linde, MTU Aero Engines, Oerlikon and Siemens and the TUM have agreed to establish the “Bavarian AM Cluster” (BAMC) as a non-profit association in spring 2023. The purpose is to facilitate a state-supported, close consortium cooperation between companies and the university to overcome technical and economic hurdles on the way to the industrialization of additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, allows metal components to be produced in a “layer-by-layer” manufacturing process. Thanks to its ability to create significantly lighter structures with the same function using less raw material and also to set up production in a decentralized manner, additive manufacturing can make an important contribution to the sustainability of industrial products.

The members of the cluster decide on research priorities and projects that are implemented jointly or as part of research contracts with TUM. In addition to initiating new integrative research and development approaches, the cluster also aims to establish partnerships with other commercial enterprises and academic partners, develop innovative education and training concepts and launch lighthouse projects to demonstrate the benefits of additive manufacturing.

Unique about this cooperation is the immediate proximity of all partners and institutions to each other as the association’s premises will be located on the Garching campus in the same building as those of the relevant chairs at TUM, as well as those of the TUM-Oerlikon AM Institute. “With the Bavarian AM Cluster, the industry in Bavaria is clearly preparing for the future,” explains Prof. Michael Süss, Executive Chairman of Oerlikon. “In addition to the AMTC congress and the AM Institute founded in February between Oerlikon and TUM, this is the third initiative for joint cooperation for the industrialization of AM that we are launching. I am convinced that with the cluster, we are taking a decisive step towards the full integration of additive manufacturing into the industrial process.” Prof. Thomas Hofmann, President of TUM adds, “With the AM Cluster, we are further expanding research and development activities in the field of additive manufacturing here in Munich, thus maintaining Bavaria’s leading position in this technology field.”

In the building on the TUM Campus Garching, teaching, research and development are carried out on around 10 000 square meters and transferred directly to the production of economically attractive, technologically advanced products. The special feature here is that the university and the company conduct research together under one roof. This means maximum efficiency through the mutual provision of state-of-the-art research infrastructure and a rapid exchange of knowledge along the value chain and across all stages of maturity. Currently, final construction activities are taking place so that the Chair for Materials Technology of Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Mayr), the Chair for Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Wudy), the TUM-Oerlikon-AM Institute, Siemens and Oerlikon can move into the building promptly. It is planned to start research operations this winter, and the “Bavarian AM Cluster” will be founded in spring 2023.

The fifth annual Advanced Manufacturing Technology Conference (AMTC), which takes place on the campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) October 11 – 12, will be sending a signal in favor of international cooperation. More than 60 speakers from Asia, Europe and the United States will be sharing stories of the successful integration of additive manufacturing (AM) into industrial process, as well as other news pertaining to AM development. At the AMTC, policymakers and representatives from industry and research will be signing a memorandum of understanding to establish a “Bavarian AM Cluster”.

As a key technology in the age of sustainability, additive manufacturing offers ways to transform industry’s production and products so that resources are conserved, and the climate is protected. Against the backdrop of the current global crises, AMTC 2022, as one of the most important global conferences on additive manufacturing, is all about international cooperation. C-level executives from industry, decision-makers from regulatory bodies and experts from the areas of science, research and standardization will be discussing AM trends as this technology makes its way into widespread industrial use. The most important question is: what can the three major economic regions of America, Europe and Asia learn from each other?

“The global upheaval we are currently experiencing in the political systems and markets is also impacting international supply chains,” says Prof. Michael Süss, Executive Chairman of Oerlikon and founder of the AMTC. “In addition to the focus on sustainability, this is one of the primary reasons why the demand for additive manufacturing is increasing. There are more and more uses for this technology, and AM’s printing and processing technology is already quite advanced. The remaining technical and regulatory hurdles can best be overcome through cooperation. The international AM community plays a key role here.”

The AMTC kicks off on October 11 with representatives from the 3D startup scene. In their keynote speeches, Arno Held of AM Ventures and Helmut Schönenberger of UnternehmerTUM will report on current trends among international 3D startups. In a roundtable discussion, representatives from Kinexon, Seurat and Kumovis will discuss how startups can become more resilient in the face of challenging times. At the end of the day, six startups will give brief presentations on innovative ideas, including solutions for AM powders made from recycled materials, next-generation wire alloys for large-scale 3D metal printing and a new printing method that uses microwaves as an energy source, making it possible to print significantly faster and cheaper than with traditional laser melting processes. One of the brief presentations will introduce a software platform for data-based quality assurance founded on the principle of digital twinning to help avoid time-consuming component measurement.

The second day of the conference on October 12 will begin with a panel discussion and a welcome message from Ilse Aigner, President of the Bavarian State Parliament. This will be followed by a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between Siemens, Audi, MTU, EOS, Linde, GE Additive and Oerlikon, as well as the TUM. The signing of this document marks the final step to the founding of a “Bavarian AM Cluster.” The association operating under this moniker seeks to overcome technical and economic challenges along the entire AM value chain through interdisciplinary cooperation between private enterprises and the scientific world. After this signal of cooperation readiness in the AM community, the conference’s discussions will begin with something new: insight into the markets of the future. With a trend study to be released at the same time as the conference, futurologist Kai Gondlach will provide insights on the direction in which the markets relevant to AM are headed and which global trends will likely create new demand for additive manufacturing in the future.

Opportunities for cross-border cooperation: at a blue-ribbon panel discussion, participants including Francisco Betti of the World Economic Forum, Lionel Lim of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Nicholas Deliyanakis of the EU Commission and Kimberly Gibson of America Makes will talk about trends in international markets relevant to additive manufacturing and explore issues of cross-border cooperation in the further development of industrial 3D printing.

The conference will be topped off by an in-depth look at actual uses of additive manufacturing: Ten “blueprint cases” demonstrating successful industrial use of additive manufacturing on three continents. Examples include Singapore’s SembCorb Marine, which uses metal 3D printing in the maintenance of ships, taking advantage of the speed of quickly printable spare parts, and ST Engineering, which uses additive manufacturing to make special structural components for aircraft. Deep Blue Space, which prints components for rocket propulsion, will describe a case from China. European examples include a project by Fraunhofer Institute IGCV with Siemens Healthineers and other partners who have reengineered the printing of a complex copper heat sink along the entire production chain by using a green laser for the first time. Oerlikon and Airbus will demonstrate the successful printing and use of ultra-light antennas for satellites. Audi will present a practical example from automotive engineering, and Siemens will show how to successfully guide an AM project through internal processes. The US-based companies Eaton, Collins Aerospace and Boeing will be presenting three additional blueprint cases.

In addition to practical applications, research news will also be shared with AMTC participants. Representatives from universities and research institutes will report on ongoing projects – including two major international EU projects that deal with technical issues that will enable 3D printing to make significant progress in the coming years. The first project relates to making additive manufacturing faster and more efficient through innovative laser beam shapes and by expanding the range of materials that can be processed. The second EU project aims to combine various AM processes and materials to adapt the material properties of a component to local needs so that the new catchphrase of “Form and properties follow function” will apply to future 3D printing.

AMTC 2022 speakers include:
Ilse Aigner, President of the Bavarian State Parliament

• Ilse Aigner, President of the Bavarian State Parliament
• Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development,
Audi AG
• Peter Koerte, Corporate Vice President, Chief Technology & Chief Strategy Officer, Siemens AG
• Hofmann, President of TUM
• Francisco Betti, Head of Advanced Manufacturing/Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
• Lionel Lim, Vice President and Head of Technology Hardware & Equipment, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
• Nicholas Deliyanakis, Policy Officer, Industrial Transformation, EU Commission
• Kimberly Gibson, Ecosystem Director, America Makes
• Dr. Melissa Orme, Vice President, Additive Manufacturing, Boeing

For a full listing of the 60+ speakers and panelists, visit the AMTC website at: AMTC
AM Technology Conference Some 500 guests will attend the conference in person, and 3,000 more will participate virtually.

The winter semester 2022 is ready to start at universities across Germany – and so is a new funding period for the “Deutschlandstipendium” initiative from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At its headquarters in Mönchengladbach, Trützschler has been one of the sponsors for seven years.

The Deutschlandstipendium aims to give talented young people an early chance to make contacts and explore engagement opportunities with well-known companies in the region. Ideally, this will lead to long-term cooperation or permanent employment. In recent years, Trützschler has supported several students at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach. This includes specialized internships or writing final theses in a wide range of disciplines – such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and data analytics.

Yifei Song is one of those talented young people. The IT student has been a permanent employee at Trützschler since graduating. “The scholarship gave me a valuable opportunity to delve deeper into the textile industry and expand my network,” she says. “I was especially grateful for the very dedicated support from my personal mentor while I was writing the thesis for my bachelor’s degree.” Her colleague Tobias Hölters, a former scholarship holder in electrical engineering with a focus on automation technology, adds: “Thanks to the financial relief provided by the Deutschlandstipendium, I was able to concentrate fully on my studies. In addition to the individual professional support, it was also great that my supervisor shared practical tips about starting a career. It’s even nicer that I was able to begin my career directly at Trützschler after completing my master’s degree.”

Tobias Hölters, former scholarship holder in electrical engineering with a focus on automation technology.

his year, Trützschler will support eight scholarship holders. We are particularly pleased that we are now also sponsoring the RWTH Aachen, alongside our support for the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach. Three scholarships will be awarded at the RWTH Aachen in the fields of mechanical engineering with a focus on textile technology, or in electrical engineering.

“I would recommend this scholarship to everybody. The deep insights into the company open up a wide range of interesting topics, excellent networking opportunities and great career prospects,” says Jan Herzog, a former scholarship holder in the field of electrical engineering with a focus on automation. He is now employed as Division Manager of Electric/Electronical Production at Trützschler.

Jan Herzog, former scholarship holder in the field of electrical engineering with a focus on automation.

Supporting young and ambitious people has been firmly anchored in our philosophy as a family-owned company for over 130 years. We look forward to all upcoming cooperations and to encouraging the success stories of our scholarship holders.

For more information about career opportunities at Trützschler click here.
https://www.truetzschler.com/en/career/your-future-at-truetzschler/for-experienced-professionals/

At Printing United (Las Vegas, 19-21 October), Agfa will demo its latest inkjet technology, including solutions for packaging, textile and sign & display printing. The Inca Onset will be shown running on Agfa ink for the first time.

“We’re thrilled to be back in Las Vegas, with an offering that is bigger and bolder than ever before”, says Ruben Silva, Vice-President of Inkjet Sales North America. “As is evident from our acquisition of Inca – and from our continuous investment in software and ink development – we are committed to the digital printing industry, with solutions for both sign & display and industrial applications. Print service providers looking to step up their game, should definitely drop by our booth to explore our extended offering.” Visitors to Agfa’s booth will be able to attend demos of the following printing solutions:

The extremely high-speed Inca Onset X3 HS
It is the first time since Agfa’s acquisition of Inca Digital Printers that the company will show an Inca Onset high-speed printer on its booth, the super fast X3 HS. Not only has it been rebranded with Agfa’s characteristic Warm Red color, it will also be running on Agfa’s dedicated new inkjet ink and Agfa will be demonstrating the printer’s newly developed high-throughput, high-quality speed modes.

The Inca Onset has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in print since its launch. The X3 HS is capable of 24/7 printing at a production speed of 15,600 ft²/h. In addition, the printer’s ability to handle a wide variety of substrates and the virtual lack of downtime between media changes – 30 seconds job setup times thanks to the integration of robotics and a range of automated features – make it a real game-changer.

At Printing United, the printer will be shown in a ¾ automation setup with a lay table and an unloading robot, running a variety of stocks, including corrugated boards.

The high-speed Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED
Agfa’s fastest and most versatile Jeti Tauro model will be shown in a master roll-to-roll setup at Printing United, tackling two rolls of up to 1500 pounds. Agfa will demonstrate innovative, unattended automated double-sided roll printing. The integrated camera system reads QR codes, generated by the user interface of the printer, to identify the exact location of the image and adjust the print position at the start of every job, ensuring front-to-back accuracy of +/-3mm over 300 feet. Even in the case of an unexpected print stop while printing the back side, the camera system will detect which image needs to be printed so that production can resume rapidly and flawlessly.

The Avinci CX3200 dye-sublimation textile printer
The Avinci CX3200 produces consistently vibrant high-quality prints on a wide range of polyester-based fabrics for indoor or outdoor soft signage, interior decoration, and fashion items. It can print directly to fabric, which is easy and fast, and ideal for applications such as flags. Yet it can also print on transfer paper, which is perfect for obtaining super-sharp backlit applications with deep blacks, as well as for handling really stretchy fabrics.

Software demonstrations for inkjet printing
Asanti – Automated production hub that streamlines digital printing workflows, and features an intuitive overview dashboard that allows for better planning and follow-up of jobs.

StoreFront – Web-to-print SaaS solution that enables print services providers to expand their customer base thanks to an easy set-up of online stores. Includes automated preflight checks and instant feedback on order status.

PrintTune – Measures color reproduction of inkjet prints to improve the quality and consistency of prints. Provides smart insights in printing equipment performance and facilitates approvals.

Software demonstrations for offset commercial and packaging
Apogee – Comprehensive, integrated workflow for offset printers that controls every phase of the print production process. Either on site or in the cloud.

Amfortis – All-in-one workflow software for packaging printers, including preflighting, step & repeat, proofing and imaging to output devices. Imports CAD files & snaps artwork to die lines.

SPIR@L – Screening software that saves printers up to 12% on ink while reducing waste, enabling faster finishing, and ensuring crystal-clear images every time

PressTune – Print standardization software that ensures prints adhere to predefined standards and are color-consistent. It lowers ink and paper consumption while reducing make-ready time by up to 40%.

In addition to printer & software demos, there will be a myriad of large-format inkjet print samples on display for visitors to explore and to inspire. Highlights will include samples from the systems on the booth, as well as varnish prints made on the new Jeti Tauro H3300 HS LED, the latest member of the Tauro family, which offers producers of corrugated cardboard displays the option to add a layer of glossy or matt varnish – either applied to the entire surface (flood varnish) or to selected spots (spot varnish). The varnish embellishes prints with a fine luxury look, while also protecting them to some extent.

Last but not least, Agfa’s industrial experts will be available for answering questions about the Alussa solution for leather decoration printing, the InterioJet for flooring and furniture, the SpeedSet 1060, powered by Inca and aimed at the folding carton and corrugated packaging markets, as well as special inks for industrial applications. There will be real-life customer samples at the booth.

Printing United will be held October 19 through 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Agfa can be found at booth C8130.

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is a leading company in imaging technology and IT solutions with over 150 years of experience. The Group holds four divisions: Radiology Solutions, HealthCare IT, Digital Print & Chemicals and Offset Solutions. They develop, manufacture and market analogue and digital systems for the healthcare sector, for specific industrial applications and for the printing industry. In 2021, the Group realized a turnover of 1,760 million Euro.

KARL MAYER has placed its first PRODYE®-S on the Argentinian market. The premiere unit for indigo dyeing went to ENOD S.A., based in La Rioja. It is part of an investment project with which the company of the national CLADD group has expanded its existing plant with a new 10,000 m2 warehouse and built a new production hall for weaving. The project is of overarching scope. The expenditure, worth 36 million dollars, has created around 330 direct jobs and set a sign.

ENOD is one of the companies that did not get discouraged by the economic policies during the short four-year interregnum of Mauricio Macri. As recently as 2019, the Ministry of Production recommended that domestic textile producers relocate their manufacturing to Vietnam and China and re-import the goods produced under their own brand. ENOD has stayed. The manufacturer took risks and invested.

The importance of his expansion step is shown by the prominent line-up of speakers during the celebrations for the inauguration of the new operating units. President Alberto Fernández was among those who attended the event on June 30, 2022.

Latest technology for growth and independence
ENOD’s new weaving mill was created by investing in a property of the ARISCO factory recovered from the provincial government. In addition to the capacities for the production of woven garment fabrics, it includes an indigo dyeing plant. The plant technology required for denim warp preparation was ordered from KARL MAYER. The renowned textile machinery manufacturer supplied a PROSIZE® sizing machine and its PRODYE-S® indigo dyeing machine to La Rioja. The two bestsellers in the denim sector convinced with their excellent price-performance ratio. “We are pleased to be able to contribute with our technology to the market expansion of our customer and to the strengthening of the national economy,” said Stefano Agazzi, the denim specialist of the KARL MAYER Group. With the new state-of-the-art capacities, denim can be produced in the country itself, so it no longer has to be imported. The 102 weaving machines are expected to produce 1.4 million m of fabric per month, and 1 million m of fabric will be dyed in the dyeing plant. /1/

About CLADD
The CLADD Group comprises eight industrial companies and has the largest production capacities in Argentina. Its business areas include all stages of textile manufacturing – from spinning and fabric production to finishing, including printing and dyeing. The dyeing plant alone dyes approximately 2.7 million kg of fabric per month. CLADD has been in the textile business for more than 44 years. The group’s strengths are delivery in record time and meeting the highest market demands.

International technology group ANDRITZ has successfully completed the basic engineering for its key process areas for Infinited Fiber Company´s commercial-scale plant in Finland.

Infinited Fiber Company is preparing to build the line in Veitsiluoto, Kemi, with a planned regenerated textile fiber production capacity of 30,000 t/a. The plant will process recycled textile waste and is expected to operate at full capacity in 2025.

ANDRITZ proprietary equipment will be used in several processes at the new plant. The equipment was validated for Infinited Fiber Company’s technology under a cooperation agreement published in November 2020, and the order to supply pre-engineering was received in February 2022.

ANDRITZ’s equipment and process portfolio offers good opportunities for the textile fiber production technology, and the cooperation with Infinited Fiber Company is a significant step towards scaling up a new type of textile fiber. Textile waste collection will become mandatory in the EU in 2025, and we are able to offer various technologies for recycling of textile waste and other bio-based raw materials to produce new bio-based fibers” says Kari Tuominen, President and CEO of ANDRITZ Oy.

Textile recycling technologies are part of ANDRITZ’s comprehensive product portfolio of sustainable solutions that help customers achieve their own sustainability goals in terms of climate and environmental protection.

Infinited Fiber Company is a fashion and textile technology group operating in the field of textile recycling and regenerated fiber production. Its innovation transforms cellulose-rich materials – worn-out clothes, used cardboard, and wheat or rice straw – into Infinna™, a premium cotton-like textile fiber. Infinna™ is biodegradable, contains no microplastics, and textiles made with it can be recycled in the same process.

ANDRITZ provides the perfect textile calendering technology to suit your special needs and final product demands.

teXcal s-roll – the all-rounder in textile calendering

Almost any application can be finished with our teXcal s-roll textile calender. From traditional textiles, like home textiles or clothing, to technical textiles, such as air-bag fabrics, the teXcal s-roll calender applies one effect with best possible results. With a maximum line force of 400 N/mm, the teXcal s-roll benchmarks standards and opportunities for multiple use. Thanks to its multi-covering technology, various technical and traditional textile calendering effects can be achieved with a quick and easy sleeve change.

teXcal Raconip L – the expert in clothing and home textiles

Double your benefit in a single cycle. Two effects, like gloss and soft handle, especially suited for clothing and home textiles, can be achieved in one fabric passage. The teXcal Raconip L textile calender with its L-shaped roll arrangement and infinitely adjustable line forces in the top nip and rear nip provides not only this specific soft handle effect, but also a multitude of other effects, including smoothness and density.

teXcal trike – the revolution in technical textiles

This textile calender takes you a step ahead by maximizing flexibility with two independent nips. Due to its innovative three roll arrangement, the teXcal trike minimizes fabric losses at the seam passage and provides a substantial economic advantage for your production operations. Be it technical textiles like parachute fabrics, sailcloth, sportswear, or down-proof textiles, our teXcal trike textile calender meets every application demand perfectly.

Plug and Play

Thanks to the compact design, our textile calenders take up extremely little space, which means each textile calender can be shipped by container to the point of assembly without having to be dismantled beforehand. As our textile calenders are fully pre-assembled, wired and functionally tested, can be commissioned almost immediately (plug and play).

ANDRITZ also designs textile calenders and auxiliary systems for many other niche and special applications: embossing, laminating, crushing, or chaising. In addition to production textile calenders, we can produce laboratory and pilot calenders for your development work, too.