News Round-up Part III

News Round-up Part III

In order to let you catch-up with news, new products and other important news items including markets and economic data during the vacation period, TextileFuture has been grouping these novelties to make it easier to find the news of your interest. There will be three parts altogether. Here follows Part III

Novelties – New Products to watch


Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State, Ministry of MSME, Government of India, visited Textile Machinery Major,LMW Lakshmi Machine Works Limited, Coimbatore on July 17, 2016 to unveil the “SOLAR POWERED MINI RINGFRAME” at a function held in “Dr D Jayavarthanavelu Research & Development Center”.

Growing needs of the customers serves as a benchmark for development activity within LMW

LMW as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, joined hands with the Ministry of MSME, designed and developed a mini Ring frame that would benefit the Khadi Industry, for youth self-employment and women empowerment even in remote villages.


The mechanised mini Ring frame with 32 spindles is driven using solar energy and is designed with a host of features that ensure high productivity, quality of yarn and also provide utmost safety and user-friendliness.

The machine is capable of producing high quality yarn in counts from 10s to 60s Ne. with solar power for 9 hrs a day from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. Peak production can be obtained between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. This solar powered mini Ring frame will fulfil the ever demanding request of the Khadi Industry with a mechanized machine and safety features.

Hon. Minister appreciated LMW for this innovative futuristic development which will rejuvenate the Khadi industry, decentralize yarn production and will create mass employment. In addition to this he requested LMW to develop a new spinning machine for producing yarn out of coir fibre.

Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Chairman and Managing Director, Lakshmi Machine Works Limited shared that LMW is always in the forefront fulfilling customer needs with use of unconventional energy as well as reducing power consumption through energy reduction modules for the regular spinning mills. This solar powered mini Ring Frame will help in upliftment of rural community across the nation.

Hon. Minister concluded by commenting, “In order to realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dream, the product should be affordable to the downtrodden and also help them earn a living”.


Finally, a Bike Helmet you actually want to Wear

For years, Gloria Hwang eschewed bike helmets as an ugly nuisance, despite their lifesaving potential. A bike enthusiast herself, she rode around the streets of Los Angeles without a bike helmet, and did so for years without incident. However, after the loss of a friend, Hwang realised she would needed to change, and wanted to give others an option to do the same

The newly developed bike helmetUnderstanding that many people resist wearing helmets because they’re inconvenient, “enemies” to fashion, she began Thousand, in her garage less than two years ago. Her goal was to elevate the lowly bicycle helmet to a desirable “must-have.” The Thousand helmet is a stylish “retro” design hearkening back to vintage scooter helmets from the 1960s. It is Hwang’s hope that riders will not only want to wear a Thousand helmet, but also be excited to do so.

Even better, Thousand has solved the age old question of what to do with your helmet after you arrive at your destination. Thousand’s secret PopLock allows riders to lock their helmets to their bicycle, and even offers their customers a Helmet Thief Guarantee.

Hwang and her team has spent a year developing the helmet, and originallyThe special helm in a different view launched a Kickstarter campaign last summer to gauge the demand. Setting a modest goal of raising USD 20000 in 30 days, they raised more than ten times their goal: almost USD 230000, through more than 2,000 backers. The Thousand team used those funds to scale up their production, and after a year of refinement, Thousand was launching the helmet on July 28, 2016.

 “We like to call our customers urban explorers; they want a helmet that matches their lifestyle,” Hwang says.  The helmet costs USD 80 for most models and USD 90 for a premium gold version that requires twelve coats of paint to get the desired colour.

The shop has officially been launched July 28, 2016. Orders can be placed via the link below.  

“We like to call our customers urban explorers; they want a helmet that matches their lifestyle,” Hwang says.  The helmet costs UAS 80 for most models and UAS 90 for a premium gold version that requires twelve coats of paint to get the desired colour.


Wound dressings made from bacterial Alginate

In a joint project called “AlBioTex”, researchers at the German Hohenstein Institute, and Kelheim Fibres GmbH have successfully developed wound dressings made from bacterial alginate. The aim of the project was to develop a biotechnological process to produce alginate and then process it into fibre-based products for use in wound dressings. The soil bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii was used as a natural alginate resource. This means that the conventional, time-consuming process of obtaining the biopolymer from brown algae can be avoided and replaced by a sustainable biotechnological process.

Researchers establish a biotechnological process to produce bacterial alginate for use as the raw material for fibre-based medical products

The organisations involved in the research partnership were the Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH in Boennigheim (William Küster-Institut for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine), the bioeconomy company BRAIN AG in Zwingenberg, the world’s leading manufacturer of special viscose fibres Kelheim Fibres GmbH, and the producer of highly specialized materials for medical engineering, rökona Textilwerk GmbH in Tübingen. Thanks to the interdisciplinary collaboration between the research partners, they have succeeded in mapping out for the first time a complete production and treatment process, from using biotechnology to produce bacterial alginate, right through to producing fibres and manufacturing textile materials.

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Alginate is a biopolymer (polysaccharide) that consists of the  glycosidically bonded monomers, guluronic and mannuronic acid. The range of industrial applications for the biopolymer is determined by the sequence and ratio of these two sugar components. Alginate is particularly suitable for use in wound dressings because of its excellent biocompatibility, enormous liquid-absorption capacity and good healing properties.

The conventional alginate that is obtained from algae varies greatly in the composition of its sugar components, because of environmental factors. A time-consuming preparation process is required to obtain the ultra-pure and biochemically defined alginate that is needed for medical applications, for example. Using biotechnology to produce alginate, on the other hand, offers the option of synthesising biopolymers which have defined properties and are of consistent quality for use in medical products.

Research work that began in 2013 has been able to establish, optimize and standardize the cultivation of the soil bacterium and the biotechnological process for producing and isolating bacterial alginates. By working specifically on optimizing the bacterium’s alginate biosynthesis, the researchers succeeded in improving the composition, and therefore the properties and yield of the alginate. This meant that theyHohenstein 2 could make customized alginates that are particularly suitable for producing fibres for use in medical products. In a pilot production facility, the research partners were able to spin fibres from alginate and alginate-viscose, and turn them into innovative nonwoven materials and wound dressings within the established process. When the new wound dressings were tested in use, the alginate product that had been made using biotechnology was impressive for its liquid absorption capacity, which was significantly better than that of commercially available marine alginate based wound dressings. The bacterial wound dressings absorbed up to 70% more liquid than marine-based dressings.

“The results that were achieved from this successful research project will form the basis for incorporating bacterial alginate in industrial production,” declared Dr. Guido Meurer, a member of the Management Board of BRAIN AG. “Now our next goal for the future is to identify other areas of application for bacterial alginate and so open up new sales markets for customized ‘special alginates’,” added Dr. Daniela Beck from Kelheim Fibres. “Until now it has been impossible, or very difficult, to vary and optimize the material properties of alginate. Thanks to biotechnology, there is now nothing to prevent the targeted use of alginate in specialist textiles,” said a delighted Prof. Dirk Höfer of the Hohenstein Institute.

Companies interested in alginate products made using this biotechnological process are invited to share in the success of the research partnership. There are a range of possible areas of application for which the technology could be licensed.


Modobag introduces world’s first rideable and motorized Smart Luggage

Carry-on Suitcase that gets on-the-go travellers, students and busy professionals to their Destination and allows three times faster than walking

Modobag on July 21, 2016 launched an #Indiegogo #crowdfunding campaign ( for the world’s first motorized, rideable carry-on smart luggage (#smartluggage).  With the goal to change the way the world travels, Modobag has set a campaign funding goal of USD 50000 and features limited Early Bird specials of USD 995 USD (30% off retail) as well as several other rewards for backers.

Modobag gets riders to their destination up to 3x faster than walking and features top speeds of 8mph, a dual wheel braking system, quick Modobagrelease foot pedals, extendable towing handle and high performance CNC-machined, sealed-bearing steering column.  While riding, consumers can also enjoy the convenience of touch control dashboard with LED backlighting and dual USB charging ports for cellphones and portable electronic devices to keep charged and in control while on the move.

Modobag was designed to be durable, surprisingly lightweight (19lbs), spacious (over 80% can be used for storage) and perfectly sized for overhead bins while being completely TSA, FAA, and IATA compliant. The bag is constructed of a high strength ballistic nylon shell that features side-mounted pockets for tablets and phones, a secure crushproof laptop pocket for easy access, and polyurethane composite wheels to ensure smooth transport via motor or pull-behind.

Made in the USA, Modobag has a maintenance free, belt-driven Torque 200 Watt Electric motor and is powered by UL Lithium batteries that last for 6 miles or 10 full phone charges based on an 180lb commuter.  The connected carry-on includes a Lithium Smart Charger that can utilize household outlets to fully charge

the suitcase and contains a Digital Battery Capacity Gauge that enables riders to keep an eye on battery life.

Modobag is the creation of Chicago entrepreneurs Kevin O’Donnell and Boyd Bruner, an award-winning Technical Director who won the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing Daytona 200. With a passion for travel and innovation, they formed an all-star team of technologists, an MIT educated urban mobility specialist and leaders from Product Development Technologies, an award winning consumer development and design firm, to create a best-in-class carry-on and travel experience.

The smart luggage provides an optional “connected” feature that comes with a mobile companion app for iOS and Android users equipped with GPRS and GSM technology that can track Modobag’s location and send consumers “Proximity Alerts,” even if the suitcase is underground in storage (not usually detected by traditional GPS).

“We created Modobag to revolutionise the way people travel and introduce one of the biggest updates to carry-on luggage since rolling suitcases were launched in the 1970s,” said O’Donnell, CEO of Modobag.  “With Modobag’s user-friendly, rideable carry-on, anyone from professionals to college students can eliminate their daily stress of commuting by getting to their destination faster, keeping their electronics charged and having fun while they do it.” 

Modobag is a revolutionary new concept in luggage that is changing the way the world travels. It is the world’s first smart, motorized, rideable carry-on combining form, function and fun to get travellers and their belongings to their destination three times faster than walking.


Shopping for The Future Group formed in Japan to study Digimarc Barcode impact

Digimarc Corporation announced on July 25, 2016 that a group of industry-leading companies in Japan has formed a study group regarding implementation of Digimarc Barcode. The “Shopping for The Future” study group includes 17 companies encompassing retailers, consumer brands and their suppliers.  The group is led by Monic Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., SATO Corporation and Digimarc.

DigimarcThe formation of this impressive group of industry leaders follows on the recent announcement by Digimarc of its collaboration with industry association GS1 US, and represents the beginning of globalization for the Digimarc platform.  Digimarc Barcode, the Barcode of Everything, is a carrier for conventional barcode data that is generally imperceptible in ordinary use and does everything conventional barcodes do better.  Importantly, the Digimarc Barcode can be applied to all media, not just printed materials as in use of conventional barcodes.  Unlike conventional barcodes and QR codes, the Digimarc Barcode does not take up any space in consumer product packaging. The Digimarc platform addresses retail value chain challenges, from streamlining and improving quality in manufacturing to vastly speeding-up retail checkout, and providing consumers with access to important information via their smartphones.

The Shopping for The Future group has created numerous work groups to conduct research and share best practices for implementation and application development. The study group intends to support its members by providing a platform for networking and exchanging know-how and expertise.

“The potential benefits of the Digimarc Barcode will change retail on a worldwide basis,” said Yoshio Motte, Monic CEO. “Embedding information on a consumer package or an industrial device surface so that it is essentially invisible to the naked eye but is easily read by electronic devices opens up a world of possibilities for greater efficiency and consumer satisfaction. The Shopping for The Future study group is eager to collaborate on bringing the Digimarc Barcode to industry and consumers across Japan. We believe the addition of this technology will revolutionize retail.”

“New product packages enabled with Digimarc Barcode will become new media which can be used as a communication tool with consumers not only in stores but anywhere,” said Yuji Eguchi, General Manager of Business Process Re-engineering Platform Division, Communication & Information Center, Information Innovation Operations, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 

“As auto-ID industry professionals, we assessed the high potential of Digimarc Barcodes to address customer needs unmet by existing identification symbols such as barcodes and RFID,” said SATO Corporation President Ryutaro Kotaki. “We will incorporate Digimarc Barcode into solutions using our expertise in auto-ID technologies and labelling to meet the needs of customers in Japan and globally.”

“We are grateful that the Shopping for The Future group has been formed to lay the groundwork for successful implementation of Digimarc Barcode in Japan,” said Bruce Davis, CEO, Digimarc.

Learn more about the Digimarc Discover® Mobile SDK here. Learn more about the Digimarc Barcode here.

Digimarc Corp. (NASDAQ: DMRC), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of the Digimarc Discover® platform featuring the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. The platform enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. They can be applied to virtually all forms of media. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally.


Exhibitions and Events

Texworld Istanbul 2016 is cancelled by Messe Frankfurt

The actual situation in Turkey forces Messe Frankfurt to cancel the second Texworld Istanbul at Lutfi Kirdar International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, scheduled for October 19 -21, 2016.

The organiser declared: The market is not asking for such an event in Turkey. A survey among potential visitors, also from Asia resulted that the situation is too instable and there is no demand.

On the other hand there will be no negative consequences for Heimtextil 2017 (January 10-13, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, because the Turkish exhibitors hold on their space reservations and will come to the exhibition.

First SALTEX as a hub of interdisciplinary research and development

Smart Textiles & Lightweight Materials will be held in a few months, namely on October 5-6, 2016. In response to the needs of the industry, thecsm_Smart_Textiles__c__X-STATIC__www.noblebiomaterials.com_ad4befe569 Vorarlberg business location – frequently referred to as the “textile Silicon Valley” of the Lake Constance region thanks to its complete textile value chain – has considerably accelerated the realisation of the new trade fair. The region is internationally renowned as the fourth-largest producer of embroidery in the world with 150 companies. Science and research are the driving forces behind the economic success of the Vorarlberg textile industry

The Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics in Dornbirn, an external institute of the University of Innsbruck, provides important impulses. University professor Thomas Bechtold, a globally renowned expert for electrochemical processes, fibres, polymer chemistry, and textile physiology, has been directing the institute since 1997. He has published 260 scientific articles and filed more than 20 patent applications since 1984. In 2015, he was awarded the research prize of the state of Vorarlberg. He is a member of the advisory board of the new trade fair and has been a great advocate and driving force for the project: “We consider SALTEX an important hub and catalyst for interdisciplinary research in the field of textiles. A diverse variety of research disciplines combine here, networks tighten, and the highly specialised companies participating as exhibitors gain opportunities for developing new, exciting projects. Although the debut event will be focussing on the German-speaking area, I think the catchment area can be expanded gradually to promote internationalisation.”

csm_Velvet_66_02__c__Wolford_AG_69b05b0418The interplay of a large number of heterogeneous industries – metal processing, plastics manufacturing, electronics, mechanical engineering, and robotics – and the convergence of different producers yield innovative, intelligent product concepts. According to Prof Bechtold, the embroiderers of Vorarlberg have pioneered this development considerably by channelling the industry expertise into technical application. He cites the example of incontinence pads fitted with sensors, which allow for proactive moisture management and lighten the workload of care staff in the respective institutions. This product was developed in the context of an FFG project and is now commercially distributed by a start-up called Texible.

New endowed chair at the Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics

In April 2016, a new endowed chair was established at the Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics in Dornbirn. The new professorship is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and by the regional industry. Approximately three million EUR will be available over the course of the next five years. The professorship will focus precisely on those two topics that are most relevant for SALTEX: Smart textiles and advanced manufacturing in the lightweight construction industry. Smart specialisation with more efficient manufacturing technologies and accelerated automation options will be the main focal points of the research agenda. Leading textile companies in Vorarlberg are interconnected through a smart-textiles platform and jointly involved in common research projects. Prof. Bechtold: “The great regional expertise in the textile industry will be realised as marketable innovations by means of interdisciplinary cooperation. In the lightweight construction sector, we are currently focussing on optimising manufacturing technologies. We are working particularly intensively with thermoplastic compounds and using the Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) technology, which has been developed for complex fibre composite components. This method aims to position the fibres correctly in the fibre composite part on the basis of operational demands and maximum possible material conservation in order to create a ‘tailor-made’ component.”

The SALTEX Symposium features exciting lectures in the fields of SMART and LIGHT

Simultaneously to the SALTEX community platform, the Smart Textiles Symposium by the Austrian Smart Textiles Platform will be held for the fifth time. On Wednesday, 5 October, Smart Textiles will be the focus of the event; on 6 October, it will be fibre composite components.

The Smart Textiles lecture block will be opened by Dr Isa Hofmann from the IHOFMANN INTERNATIONAL agency. INTERDISCIPLINARY with hercsm_Lightex__c__brochierTechnologies_f6231cdbfb keynote lecture, “Smart Services World 2025: How digital disruption is changing business models and communication processes”. Two lectures are dedicated to medical applications: Dr Klaus Jansen, Managing Director of Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V., will be presenting on a variety of applications such as implants, therapy aides, and wound care with his fibre-based expertise under the headline of “Hightex for the Medical Industry”. University professor Werner Mohl from the Department for Cardiothoracic Surgery at AKH Vienna will be talking about “Smart Textiles as bionic structures in cardiovascular therapy”. Further lectures will be delivered by Wolford AG, the University of Innsbruck with Prof. Thomas Bechtold, ITV Denkendorf with Prof. Markus Milwich, and TITV Greiz with Sabine Gimpel, MEng.

Prof. Hubert Jäger of the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology, Dresden University of Technology, will be opening the lecture block on lightweight construction materials with a keynote speech on the topic of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics and the challenges of automation. Robert Lenferink, Director New Business Development, Ten Cate Advanced Composites will be presenting on “Smart thermoplastic composite technology for automotive applications”. The programme will be completed by a number of other speakers, including Schoeller GmbH, Otto Bock, Karl Mayer GmbH, and Getzner.

The organisers recently opened a SALTEX XING group, which provides insights into the latest discussions and company and product innovations in the community, to view it, please click here

For more information, please see also TextileFuture’s News 


Texworld Paris to be more attractive with nearly 950 exhibitors

Texworld Paris, 39th edition (September 12 -15, 2016 at Le Bourget, Paris, France) is expected to be more attractive than ever, with a participation of nearly 950 exhibitors from 24 countries, an increase of 5 % compared to September 2015, as it continues dynamic offering of materials and components for fashion professionals

Demonstrating its position as a global platform for purchasing materials, fabrics and supplies, the next edition will include a huge Korean pavilion and a new section showcasing the “excellence” of Texworld Paris’s offering.

Texworld Paris launched a new scenography in February 2016 to establish a clearer, more calibrated nomenclature to serve a more cutting edge sectoral approach. For its September 2016 edition, Texworld Paris has taken things even further, catering for the wishes of visitors eager to more easily find an offer related to the fundamentals of fabrics for high-end markets, but especially to serve the needs of exhibitors who are already very familiar with the technical and creative demands of the European market, said Michael Scherpe, CEO of Messe Frankfurt France.

Elite, the new sector for Texworld Paris, was born out of this wish expressed both by exhibitors and buyers; its purpose is to condense in a dedicated corner, staged by the creator Olivier Lapidus, collections of fabrics aimed at the most refined and exacting markets. Lapidus has designed the space to be a nod to both couture and design: panels that lead light a bit like optical fibres, to highlight filigree drawings of dresses. For the couture aspect, various inclusions liven up the fabrics, while for the design aspect the panels provide a sort of crown of light.

The aim is to highlight the increasingly sophisticated textiles of a trade show that has become synonymous with the dynamic development of the world’s manufacturers and with the globalisation of their trade.

Elite facilitates the search for a la carte sourcing and streamlines the exchanges related to specific requests. The result of this grouping of essential products for quality garment collections is maximum convenience, for a quick and clear visit, organizers said.

Under the aegis of KOFOTI, the Federation of Korean Textile Industries, 30 Korean exhibitors will, for the first time, be present together at Texworld. As Europe’s 6th supplier, the Korean textile industry remains a key activity in South Korea, especially for technical and smart textiles. The fabrics presented at Texworld Paris demonstrate the qualities of modernity, technical expertise and attractive costs that are representative of the Korean textile industry. With a total of 80 exhibitors, Korea will be the 3rd most represented country at Texworld Paris.

Around 22 exhibitors will be present in this new space; their application, processed by a Messe Frankfurt France selection committee, has been carefully selected to meet many conditions. Exhibitors have been selected from Turkey (11), Taiwan (3), Pakistan (3), India (2), Netherlands (1), Lebanon (1) and Japan (1).

Red Dot Design Museum Essen, Germany presents exhibition on 3D printing

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The Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany will present the exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” from September 27 to October 30, 2016Digital Printing logo_RGB_horizontal

Digital Printing Replica of flowersThe collection brings together pioneering 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and science. The exhibition is curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, architect and recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, and produced by Materialise, a 3D printing company based in Belgium.

Since the origins of 3D printing, artists and designers have embraced theRed Dot 2 Escapism Show  2- Iris van Herpen in collaboration with Daniel Widrig and Materialise. ©Michel Zoeter technology and explored its potentials. Their creations often push the boundaries of what is hypothetically possible, and 3D printing companies and experts take up these experimental challenges to advance their own research. This synergy enables and inspires the expan

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