Awards (updated June 28, 2016 5.55 pm)


Sciessent awarded ECO PASSPORT for textile chemicals

The International OEKO-TEX® Association has awarded its ECO PASSPORT certification to Wakefield, Massachusetts based Sciessent for its sustainable antimicrobial textile chemicals.

Sciessent is the first U.S. company to receive the new certification for its LAVA XL™ self-regenerating odor-control technology. The company was a participant in the six-month pilot test of the new ECO PASSPORT program.

The ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX analyses textile chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries in a two-step process that confirms the compounds and individual ingredients meet specific criteria for sustainability, safety and regulatory compliance. The compounds also undergo laboratory evaluation to ensure they do not contain unsafe contaminants. Compounds that pass these two phases are granted the ECO PASSPORT certification indicating the certified textile chemical is safe to use in OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified textile products and in STeP by OEKO-TEX certified manufacturing facilities.

Founded in 1992, Zurich, Switzerland-based OEKO-TEX includes 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with representative offices in 60 countries worldwide.


Has Group bestowed with second export prize by TEMSAD at ITM 2016 in Istanbul

This Year 2015 Textile Machinery Exporting Awards Ceremony was held for the first time by TEMSAD on June, 1 the first day of ITM Exhibition, within the participation of the companies in the sector.

TEMSAD, presented the second prize to Has Group.

In addition Has Group reports on its presence at ITM 2016:

Has Group exhibited textile machines managed by smart phones and tablets at ITM Istanbul 2016 Fair, which was organized at Tuyap between June 1-4.

Has Group, the biggest manufacture company of Turkey for producing textile roller coat machine, attracted great attention with its new technologies at ITM Istanbul 2016 Fair, to which many visitors attended from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Has Group has been attending all ITM Istanbul fairs, which are organized periodically just as the other alike fairs in the world. This time Has Group met visitors with its new technologies. ITM attracted a great attention especially from Middle East, Asia, Africa and Middle Asia. Has Group became the focus of interest in this fair by launching and adding machines to the production range.

Rop-S and CSM-6 Machines which had just been commenced to production and was launched for the first time in ITM 2016 Exhibition received a great deal of attention by the visitors


AATCC announces outstanding College Graduate

Lexis Kambour, a graduating senior at the University of Delaware, was selected as AATCC’s 2016 Outstanding College Graduate of the Year.

AATCC Lexis KambourKambour was selected from the nominees submitted by the AATCC student chapter faculty advisors of an outstanding graduating senior from their respective university. The award was presented to Kambour at the University’s annual Fashion and Apparel Studies Department Retreat in May, 2016 by Hye-Shin Kim, chair of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies.

Kambour, a fashion merchandising major with a minor in journalism, has demonstrated herself as a leader at the University of Delaware. She currently serves as president of the Student Chapter of AATCC and is the Editor-in-Chief of UDress magazine, the largest student-run fashion club on campus.

In 2015, Kambour was the first-place winner of the AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Student Merchandising Competition. She is also a recipient of two YMA-FSF scholarships in 2014 and 2016, as well as the National Retail Foundation Ray Greenly Scholarship in 2015. She has a special interest in 3D printing and enjoys the challenge of case study competitions because they require analysis and problem solving skills to develop solutions to complex situations.

Martha Carper, University of Delaware’s AATCC student chapter faculty advisor, presented Kambour with the US$1000 that accompanies the award, as well as a letter of congratulations from AATCC.


The winners of Perstorp Open Innovation Challenge

Perstorp, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is today announcing the winner in its Innovation Challenge, a competition launched in September 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its unique Capa™ caprolactone thermoplastic materials. The purpose of the contest was to crowdsource ideas for creatively applying Capa™ Thermoplastic to address future challenges in this ever-changing world

“We had three extremely interesting finalists,” says Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President of Business Area Specialties and Solutions. “They came to Sweden to present their submissions to the Perstorp leadership team, and we had the chance to interview them and have some in-depth discussions. We are really impressed with all of them.”

Winners PERSPR059aThe jury is now happy to announce the winner of the Innovation Challenge. It is Flexii, the submission, for flexible furniture from Kashyap and Chintan Gohel. The two brothers are students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kenya.

Flexii is a concept for making furniture out of Capa™ Thermoplastics which increases its versatility in design. The plastic furniture can be repaired easily and remolded into new forms and designs in franchise-like nationwide remolding centers. Flexii also incorporates the idea of combining Capa™ Thermoplastic with other materials to improve their properties, such as recycled timber, broken glass and other recycled materials. Overall, the remoldability aspect of Flexii and Capa™ reduces the need for disposal of used and broken furniture in landfills. Where it is not profitable to remold products, they can be fully biodegraded by composting them: Capa™ Thermoplastic is fully and fast biodegradable.

The jury’s decision was based on the fact that Flexii takes full advantage of theThe prototype stool PERSPR059d beneficial properties of Capa™, says Jesper Fahlén, global Product Manager Capa™ and jury representative. “It’s a creative idea with strong potential. What we have seen in terms of design so far is really appealing and prototyping is already ongoing. This is a new and explorative area for Capa™,” Fahlén notes.

Asked how they felt to win the Open Innovation Challenge, the Kashyap brothers said: “To say this feels great is an understatement. We have experienced so many emotions: excitement, amazement, joy…. this is a tremendous achievement and it feels great to be recognized for all the efforts we put in.”

“The competition has been a challenge that has not only tested our limits but also encouraged us think outside our comfort zones. Being the winner has added a sense of confidence in our abilities to think of innovative ideas that help change the world.”

The inner values of the stool PERSPR059eKashyap and Chintan Gohel say that over the coming year they plan to explore blending different materials with Capa™ Thermoplastic to create beautiful furniture and art, and hopefully pioneer the business of remold furniture in East Africa. “Eventually we want to have Flexii remolding centers integrated into every city, and give people the chance to design their own furniture and have it 3D printed or crafted with Capa™ Thermoplastic, on its own or in combination with other materials.”

Mentor programme

The two brothers will receive a year of mentorship from Perstorp Vice President Innovation Håkan Björnberg. In addition, their first prize includes a visit to the K 2016 international plastics and rubber exhibition in Dusseldorf in October, with travel and accommodation paid for by Perstorp, as well as a cash prize of 40.000 SEK, (approx. 4.300 Euro). “I’m excited to see where this is going. It’s really inspiring to follow the two brothers and to see the energy they put into this,” says Håkan.


ITA-doctoral candidate Inga Noll wins the Hanns Voith Foundation Prize 2016 for new materials

ITA-doctoral candidate Inga Noll was awarded with the Hanns Voith Foundation Prize 2016 for new materials in the amount of EUR 5000 on June 24, 2016 in Heidenheim, Germany. Ms Noll obtained the prize for her master thesis „Investigation and evaluation of the application of polyetherimide in automotive body parts with high-class surface and thermal stress“

Award winners and jury Hanns Voith-FoundationWith her Master’s thesis Ms Noll explored the approach of the automotive industry to lighter and optically more high-grade automotive body parts for the first time. So far, keen and lighter thermoplastic fibre compound plastics were developed in the automotive area which were limited thermically resistant with a low surface quality. Ms Noll connected in her master thesis an amorphic high temperature fixed plastic with an adopted process and installation engineering und exceeds so the previous material offers for automotive body parts.

Thereby, Ms Noll applies a fibre-reinforced plastic with a thermoplastic matrix made of polyetherimide (PEI) and fibre reinforcement made of carbon fibres (CF).

A comparison of process costs of currently in the market available body panels and panels made of PEI/CF at the ITA results in an economic assembly of the introduced approach. This research approach will be pursued further in cooperation with the Japanese chemical fibre producer Kuraray Co., Ltd., and chosen OEMs.

“We appreciate Ms Noll’s master thesis to prove features of textile-composite consisting of carbon fibres and our polyetherimide fibres such as high mechanical properties, good surface smoothness, excellent flame retardancy and so on.”, outlines Hideo Hayashi, Manager Fiber Materials Planning and Development Department, Kuraray Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. “Through this work, we hope that our products will be applied in automotive parts in the near future.”

The Hanns Voith Foundation awards the Hanns Voith Foundation prizes for outstanding theses at universities for engineering, sciences and economics. The thesis has to bear topical reference to the group sector Voith Hydro, Voith Industrial Services, Voith Paper and Voith Turbo and also to the functional areas economics or new materials. The universities entitled to a proposal assess the thesis as worthy for an award. The prizes should serve to heighten the responsibility of the Hanns Voith Foundation for the qualification of academic professionals and executives in public. Thereby, the Hanns Voith Foundation wants to make a contribution to the research and education site of Germany.

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Award winners inclusive jury, members of foundation council and board members of Hanns Voith Foundation, source: Hanns Voith Foundation

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