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'Nonwovens & textiles to contribute for sustainability'
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Oct '16
Nicolai Strauch, press officer for VDMA Textile Machinery Association, representing medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, spoke to VDMA member companies about textiles, textile machinery, and nonwovens contributing to a sustainable world ,in the run-up to ITMA Asia +CITME 2016, to be held from October 21 to 25, 2016 in China.

Peter D. Dornier, chief executive officer, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH, a technology leader in weaving and specialty machines for producing ultrafine plastic films, said, “Our Green Machine concept comprises of twin objectives of producing exceptionally high-performance woven products for protecting people and the environment while maximising resource conservation. Our machines are used to produce filter fabrics for – desperately needed –pollution control in water and air. Incidentally, our Green Machine concept is derived from the basic idea of the VDMA BLUE COMPETENCE initiative for optimising machines or processes, for reducing energy and air consumption.”

Janpeter Horn, managing director, August Herzog Maschinenfabrik, a quality and technology leader in the braiding machinery segment said, “Herzog is the technology leader in machines for producing braided membrane carrier materials with substantial energy and space advantages. As a result, the water in wastewater treatment plants only needs to occupy a quarter of the surface area and uses only half the energy required for treatment in conventional plants.”

“In work on the open sea, conventional steel cables are being replaced increasingly by lightweight, synthetic fibre ropes – for example, made from UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) materials – which float in the water. These braids are endowed with significantly better properties and can be used at much greater depths than steel, for lifting loads, lowering parts, or mooring rigs and ships,” he added.

Discussing on sustainability, Christian Gerking, project manager, Nanoval, metal melting machine manufacturers, said,“ Unlike solution spinning processes, melt spinning is indeed much easier as you do not need any solvent recovery, like for PAN, viscose, or lyocell. While PAN is neither biodegradable nor made of renewable raw-materials, cellulose – either dissolved by carbon disulfide as solvent (viscose) or NMMO (lyocell) – is both. Furthermore, cellulose is hygroscopic without any surface treatment by surfactants.”

“Our stochastic splitting effect makes a different product than meltblown; we can spin bimodal filament distributions – very good for filter applications. We have a lower air demand and thus lower heating costs for air, micro-nanofilaments with diameters of about 30-40 per cent down into the submicron region and higher throughputs,” he added. (GK)

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