BOZEMAN, Mont. — June 18, 2019 — MeatEater, Inc. announced today its expansion from media into direct-to-consumer retail with the acquisition of hunting technical apparel and gear company First Lite. The deal marks a major milestone in MeatEater’s plans to expand from content to commerce and builds on the longstanding relationship between MeatEater founder Steven Rinella and the First Lite team.
“I’ve been a devoted First Lite consumer for almost a decade,” said Rinella. “First Lite was a sponsor of the MeatEater TV show from the very beginning, and I’ve been loyal to them ever since. I love their products, conservation ethos, and knowledgeable customer service. What’s more, the crew at First Lite is comprised of dedicated and die-hard hunters and anglers who spend a ton of time in the field living a lifestyle they believe in.”
Kevin Sloan, MeatEater CEO and outdoors industry veteran, will oversee First Lite’s integration into MeatEater. As head of the newly combined company, Sloan, formerly president of Sitka Gear, will direct strategy and growth initiatives including merchandising, business development, brand evolution, and digital product development. First Lite co-founders Kenton Carruth and Scott Robinson will continue as First Lite co-presidents, running the division’s day-to-day operations with the existing First Lite leadership team based in Ketchum, Idaho.
“While apparel and gear brands routinely work with respected influencers to drive awareness and conversion, our situation is unique in that we’re an influencer-led company acquiring a respected, established gear brand,” said Sloan. “When you look at the amount of time we at MeatEater spend in the woods and mountains producing content, it makes perfect sense: we will highlight First Lite to our growing audience, and we’re in a great position to field test and influence design and development of best-in-class products that help that audience get the most out of their own experiences outdoors.”
Since its inception in 2007, First Lite has been committed to providing the best technical apparel developed for hunters, like its signature merino wool gear. Similar to MeatEater, First Lite’s brand also represents a passion for the natural world, conservation of wildlife resources, and has earned the stalwart support of those who believe in protecting the outdoors.
“We’ve worked closely with Steven Rinella for almost ten years, partnering to promote conservation and supply quality gear and apparel for those who love the outdoors and want to protect it,” said Carruth. “We’ve seen the significant impact Steve has had on the First Lite business as an endorser and are confident that deepening our relationship and integrating into MeatEater’s expanding content offerings will help us reach more customers and produce even better products.”
Rinella gained wide popularity through his passion for outdoor adventure, wild foods, and conservation, with a hit Netflix show, MeatEater, top-ranked The MeatEater Podcast, and series of best-selling books and cookbooks. MeatEater’s website, podcast network, and category-leading social media presence cater to a passionate, growing audience of hunters, anglers, conservationists, and wild foods aficionados.
At its core, MeatEater targets a substantial consumer base. According to a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, more than 40% of the U.S. population aged 16 and over participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, including approximately 40 million Americans identifying themselves as anglers and/or hunters, spending more than $80 billion annually in those pursuits.
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — June 20, 2019 — CARBIOS, a company pioneering new, bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for an additional U.S. patent for CARBIOS’ proprietary process of recycling PET plastic waste.
This patent application (US 2017/114205) recognizes CARBIOS for its invention of a proprietary method of recycling complex plastics, including colored, opaque and multi-layer products containing a mix of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and at least one additional component (e.g., polyolefins, vinyl polymers, rubber, cotton or nylon fibers, paper, aluminum, starch, wood, etc.).
Many plastic products are made of multiple polymers or components that are mixed together or organized as layers. This makes them non-recyclable using current thermo-mechanical processes where mono-material waste is required. Traditional pretreatments, such as sorting, reach a limit as they are not capable of separating PET from the other components. CARBIOS’ technology overcomes these issues given its:
Stable and reliable depolymerization of PET regardless of the composition of mixed PET plastic products or the presence of other components or polymers;
Recovery of PET building blocks (PTA and MEG monomers) from complex plastics; and
Separation and purification for a suitable use in any original application.
This patent is the second one in the U.S. that has been applied to CARBIOS’ infinite recycling technology, and it protects CARBIOS’ innovation through 2033. In addition to this patent, CARBIOS owns 116 titles worldwide representing 30 patent families, six of which protect its proprietary method of recycling in full, and five of which are related to enzymes that degrade PET.
Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of CARBIOS, comments, “This patent confirms CARBIOS’ unique expertise and leadership in developing an infinite recycling solution for all kinds of PET waste, particularly types which are barely treatable using traditional recycling processes. Demand for technology that facilitates a circular economy is growing rapidly and we are at the forefront of providing global players an efficient alternative that protects the environment.”
SHIRLEY, Mass. — June 20, 2019 — Bemis Associates, Inc. (“Bemis”), announced today that they’ve selected Michael Johansen as the new president of Bemis. The current CEO and president, Steve Howard, will step down from his role as president to focus his attention solely on the CEO responsibilities, such as strategic growth, innovation, partnerships, and acquisitions.
“In conducting a comprehensive search for the next President, the Board and I had the opportunity to speak with many highly skilled, strong leaders. Michael was our first choice, as his experience in managing a global manufacturing organization, track record in execution, and leadership style most closely matched the characteristics we sought to successfully lead Bemis to its next stage of market-leading innovation and growth,” said Steve Howard.
Michael Johansen is a 27-year-veteran of the Avery Dennison Corporation, where he held numerous critical leadership roles and helped bring exceptional products to market. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Sourcing Regions in the Retail Branding and Information Solutions Group, primarily serving the apparel industry. By 2015, Johansen had risen to manage the Industrial and Healthcare Materials group, a $700 million global business, helping Avery Dennison double the size of that business in Asia by leading the acquisition and integration of two companies.
“I am excited that Steve Howard and the Bemis Board have selected me to join this outstanding organization,” said Michael Johansen. “Bemis has a long and powerful history of global expansion, technical leadership, and courageous innovation. They are a recognized leader in bonding across apparel, consumer electronics, and numerous other markets. Bemis’ value-driven culture is the type of place I am excited and proud to join. I look forward to leading this exceptional team and delivering great value to our customers and shareholders.”
For more than 100 years Bemis has served brands and factories looking for better construction, better materials, better processes, and better relationships. As one of the world’s leading bonding innovation experts, Bemis has partnered with global brands from a diverse set of industries including performance sportswear, technical outerwear, intimate apparel, footwear, consumer electronics, and industrial applications.
BRISTOL, Va. — June 20, 2019 — Universal Fibers, Inc. advanced its commitment in Europe and Asia with the acquisition of twisting and heat-setting assets for its production facilities in Gorzow, Poland and Taicang, China. Both plants are fully integrated from extrusion to finished yarns in multiple chemistries including type 6 and 66 nylon, and serve carpet manufactures in commercial, residential and automotive segments.
“This marks another investment in our commitment to provide the highest level of quality and service to our customers,” said Phil Harmon, President of Universal Fibers. “As an expanding global company we continue to add resources and invest in our business to meet the unique and varied needs of our markets throughout the world.”
Universal Fibers offers premium solution-dyed fiber in styled finished yarns including Helix®, Silkworks® and Revolve®. These proprietary ready-to-tuft technologies are highly valued in the market and require various finish techniques including twisting and heat-setting. By expanding capacity in these areas, Universal Fibers assures the highest standards of quality and service its customers have come to expect.
Universal Fibers, Inc. is one of two business units within Universal Fiber Systems, LLC, with Premiere Fibers, Inc. the second business unit. Based in Bristol, Virginia USA with manufacturing facilities in Europe, Thailand and China. Universal Fibers, Inc. is a global leader in the production of high quality, solution-dyed synthetic filament-based fibers for the flooring, transportation and industrial fibers industries.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — June 20, 2019 — Eastman Chemical Company today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Industrias del Acetato de Celulosa S.A. (INACSA), a Spanish producer of cellulosic yarn. The INACSA yarn business and assets are expected to support continued growth of Naia™ cellulosic yarn for the apparel market and will become part of the global Fibers segment supply base.
“With the acquisition of INACSA, Eastman gains a well-respected yarn producer and a European site that will enhance our ability to support the global textiles supply chain,” said Brad Lich, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We look forward to welcoming the INACSA employees to the Eastman team.”
Subject to receipt of required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, Eastman will acquire the entire yarn business and assets from INACSA, including the plant and assets in La Batllòria, Spain, formulations and intellectual property and customer contracts. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“This bolt-on acquisition is consistent with the company’s growth strategy and objective of delivering superior value through disciplined and balanced uses of cash for dividend payments, debt repayment, share repurchases, and organic and inorganic growth initiatives,” Lich added.
BARCELONA — June 20, 2019 — Kornit Digital, a worldwide supplier of digital textile printing technology, has announced details of its presence at ITMA 2019 which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, June 20-26, 2019.
Innovation for the modern supply chain
Driven by mega-trends, brands and retailers seek to connect with consumers, and are adapting their supply chains accordingly, paving the way to digital textile printing. The mega-trends driving for change are: personal expression in the social media era; an e-commerce environment of endless choices; and a strong sustainability imperative.
Kornit’s mission is to be the vendor of choice for apparel and home décor industry players, and to accelerate the supply chain optimization. Ronen Samuel, CEO, Kornit Digital, commented, “We work closely with the world’s leading brands to support their business innovation strategies. Kornit’s technologies enable unlimited design creativity, faster turnaround times and sustainable production.”
Fastest and most sustainable way to print on textile
The new Kornit Presto addresses the supply chain challenge head on. It is the world’s only industrial single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. The system is perfectly suited for the home décor and fashion markets. It eliminates the need for pre and post treatment of fabric and allows for high-quality printing on an extraordinarily broad variety of fabric types. The Kornit Presto solution uses the 100% water-free patented NeoPigmentTM process, and is the shortest process from file to finished product, making it the most environmentally friendly solution available for direct-to-fabric textile printing today.
A vision of digital eco-system for real-time production and business insights
Kornit Konnect is a cloud-based software analytics platform that enables businesses to monitor production, analyse insights and manage their fleet, to eliminate blind spots. It includes a fleet management dashboard, data-driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better.
“While businesses need to deliver high quality, faster than ever, to maintain customer loyalty, they are also challenged to maximize their efficiency and productivity,” said Omer Kulka, VP Marketing & Product Strategy at Kornit Digital. “Konnect empowers these businesses to make better-informed production decisions, with greater visibility and control over their operations. Kornit plans to enhance this cloud-based platform frequently with new features as part of our innovation strategy.”
Showcase of successful solutions
Also on show in the booth are the Kornit Atlas and the Avalanche Poly Pro systems that were introduced earlier this year. Following dozens of installations worldwide and successful ramp-up at multiple customer sites, hundreds of thousands of garments have already been produced. Kornit will perform live printing of Adidas products on these two systems at ITMA. The Adidas mission is to be the best sports company in the world and one of their three key strategic choices is an Open Source strategy. Adidas is collaborating with Kornit to support their direct-to-garment innovation strategy, with Kornit as a key partner in digital embellishment. Adidas has recently invested in the Kornit Atlas and Avalanche Poly Pro solutions and is looking to expand its digital embellishment capabilities further.
The Kornit booth at ITMA (Hall 3 A211) is a gathering of world class experts: application and customer empowerment specialists as well as business consultants. Don’t miss this singular opportunity to meet the people who are focused on the innovation that allows leading brands to better connect with their customers and to adapt to the rapid changes in consumer preferences.
BARCELONA, Spain/FRANKFURT, Germany — June 20, 2019 — ITMA 2019, the world’s leading fair dedicated to textile machinery, is once again marked by a significant presence of German companies. More than 220 exhibitors from Germany including more than 110 VDMA member companies cover nearly all different machinery chapters with a focus on spinning, nonwoven, weaving, knitting, warp knitting and finishing. The overall exhibition space occupied by German machinery manufacturers is more than 21 thousand square meters, an increase of booth space by approximately 3.5 % compared to ITMA 2015.
VDMA members show in Barcelona most advanced technology solutions and applications of Industry 4.0 (also called Industrial Internet of Things for intelligent and integrated manufacturing) including Smart Services.
During the VDMA press conference at ITMA, spokespersons of twelve renowned VDMA member companies showed how Industry 4.0 solutions are impacting the textile process chain. Here are their statements:
Alexandre Butte, Director Business Development, ANDRITZ Perfojet: “ANDRITZ has pooled its relevant expertise to offer attractive digital solutions for existing and new plants under one technology brand: Metris. Metris technologies are the very latest state-of-the-art in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) or Industry 4.0 sector and can be fully tailored to individual customer requirements.”
Axel Pieper, CTO, Brückner Trockentechnik: “Software innovations around textile machines are becoming increasingly important in product development.
Our newly developed mobile machine operation panels and management cockpits have increased user-friendliness significantly.
Advanced production assistance systems support the operator to maximize production output at the lowest possible cost while maintaining a consistent high-quality level.
Our advanced service tools offer new features such as predictive maintenance, video tutorials and augmented reality support.”
André Imhof, COO, Autefa Solutions: “Digitalization succeeds when the focus is on customer benefits. Our Service 4.0 covers all aspects of improving the bottom line of a production line during lifetime. Based on the availability of a permanent digital communication, Autefa Service 4.0 provides well-graded services for customer’s benefit. Autefa Service 4.0 integrates tasks from well-known daily jobs up to high sophisticated big data algorithms always focused on customer needs.”
Dierk Dornieden, Head of Sales, Dienes Apparatebau: “The DIENES MultiMode® system is the I4.0 for research. All the functionalities of the MultiMode® allow the research institutes and the industry to reduce cost and to operate fast and flexibly in the development of new products.”
Marcus Ott, Managing Director, Halo: “In our view the textile industry needs custom-tailored IT solutions to reach the highest level of data transparency – from fibre to finished product. Direct communication between man and machine does not only enable this consistently transparent presentation of all relevant data, but also gives employees flexible and, most importantly, mobile access to it.”
Antonia Gottschalk, Managing Director, KM.ON, a software start-up company of Karl Mayer: “At ITMA we will build a bridge from machine building via applications and textiles up to the topic of Industry 4.0: We will show seven innovative machines, giving an insight into the „Future of Textiles“ and present new digital solutions of KM.ON. The products of our digital brand can be used by our customers and by other textile manufacturers to considerably improve their processes in all business units. So, for example, the innovations include a first product belonging to k.production, by means of which it is possible to efficiently eliminate and analyse malfunctions during the production flow. Besides, our software start-up, KM.ON GmbH, has already set up first subsidiaries abroad, in Asia. In this way, we can sharpen the regional focus of our offers, at the same time receiving important stimuli for new developments from our main market.”
Sebastian Mayer, Member of the Management, Mayer & Cie.: “We aim to always be one step ahead. The digitization offers us valuable opportunities to stay true to our company principle, beyond the developments in technology.”
Klaus A. Heinrichs, Vice President, Monforts Textilmaschinen: “With the help of Monforts advanced sensor technology, all technical machine data are mapped in the cloud virtually and in real time. The data in the cloud indicate the current state of the system with its respective specifications and can map the entire production process, enabling targeted analysis and controlled planning and production: Insights harnessed from data analyses can be used to optimise the actual production process. The status overview in real-time improves machine availability while minimising downtime considerably. Potential sources of error can be anticipated and eliminated. The digital twin provides information on individual wear parts of a system, such as converters or gears, for example. In the future operators will be able to see how long a wearing part will last and when it has to be maintained or replaced ahead of time. Direct access to the integrated Monforts webshop allows users to order wearing and spare parts at the press of the button when they are needed, virtually preventing machine downtime.”
Wilhelm Langius, Division Head, Neuenhauser Maschinenbau: “Neuenhauser saw with the recent advances in autonomous vehicles and navigation systems that AGV’s are necessary for the spinning mill future. AGV stands for Automatic Guided Vehicles, a technology that has been around for years but has been fuelled recently by the introduction of Industry 4.0. Within shortest time, our team developed a state-of-the-art transport system using a large fleet of intelligently controlled automated guided vehicles. At ITMA Europe 2019 we will be presenting our AGV’s to the specialist audience for the first time and are very excited about the response.”
André Wissenberg, Vice President Marketing, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment: “Oerlikon invites all visitors to this year’s ITMA on a journey into the future of manmade fiber production. We will show all our guests our vision of a sustainable and automated manmade fiber production in a spectacular virtual 4D showroom: “Clean Technology. Smart Factory.” is the motto of the future. And this is only a stone’s throw away from reality at our booth. Today we are presenting four world premieres for efficient machine and plant concepts in a new, innovative industrial design. Together with numerous other innovations, all this forms our new DNA.”
Andreas Hannes, Marketing Manager, Sedo-Treepoint: “Digitalization and the smart factory are big challenges for our customers – especially in dyeing and finishing, there is a high potential for savings and technological improvements. Sedo Treepoint as a market leader in dyeing and finishing automation has been providing innovative solutions to our customers for more than 40 years. Our new developments shown at ITMA are designed for the Smart factory and will help customers to strengthen competitive advantages. We are your Experts for process optimization!”
Dr. Christof Soest, CTO, Trützschler: “Excellent spinning preparation is crucial for yarn quality – and at Trützschler, I4.0 technologies help to make this process even smarter. By integrating intelligent, self-optimizing machinery solutions and digital systems Trützschler enables customers to take a big step towards automation to ensure consistent quality.”
ITMA is also an event for junior engineers. With the financial support of the VDMA, more than 300 students from eight technical universities take the chance to see high-tech live in Barcelona. An investment in the future of the sector that pays off.
VDMA ITMA Pocket Guide
Visitors to ITMA get a compact overview of manufacturers and their products in the useful pocket guide, listing all exhibiting VDMA members by halls and showing their stand location in hall plans.
BARCELONA, Spain/AACHEN, Germany — June 20, 2019 — Mathias Zidda, master graduate of Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), won the ITMA Research & Innovation Excellence Award on June 20, 2019 for his 3D braiding machine, which was rebuilt according to the 4.0 industry standard. During his master thesis “Development of a gear-driven 3D rotational braiding machine and its control concept”, Mathias Zidda was supervised by ITA doctorate candidate Martin Kolloch.
Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), handed over the prize money of 10,000 € with certificate to the lucky winner at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
The 3D braiding machine consists of an existing conventional mechanical system. It has now been digitised and rebuilt according to industry 4.0 standard. With the help of the digital control, eg. three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic turbine components can be manufactured as prototypes and subsequently produced in series. Together with the company ark industrie AG, Aachen, Germany, and 2C-Composites GmbH & Co. KG, Heinsberg, Germany, the control system was completely redesigned so that the machine can be monitored and operated from anywhere.
“Every machine manufacturer is looking for ways to update its existing machinery before replacing it. We provide him with a good solution in the field of digitisation and Industry 4.0,” says Professor Dr Thomas Gries, Head of ITA.
At ITMA 2015, ITA doctoral candidate Jan Jordan had already won the R&I Excellence Award for his master thesis “Development & assembly of a test bench for the analysis of magnetic weft insertion”.
The ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award was created by CEMATEX to recognize the joint efforts of the global textile industry to promote corporate sustainability through innovative solutions and outstanding industry-specific research.
The award comprises two categories: an Industry Excellence Award for textile and apparel manufacturers and a Research & Innovation Excellence Award open to Master’s students.
Posted June 20, 2019
Source: Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA)
BARCELONA — June 20, 2019 — Mimaki Engineering, a manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the first global technology demonstration of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer from the TX300P series at ITMA 2019 (Barcelona, Spain, 20-26 June, Booth B110, Hall 3). Uniquely featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities, the new printer achieves unparalleled flexibility in ink combinations and substrates – opening new profitable opportunities for businesses.
The new printer is an evolution of the Mimaki TX300P-1800, with the added capability of printing direct-to-transfer. Crucially, print service providers will benefit from enhanced versatility in terms of fabrics, applications and targeted markets. This affords smaller print service providers with an opportunity to provide a full range of textile printing applications with just one system. Aligned with Mimaki’s Total Solution Provider approach, the printer is compatible with Mimaki’s full range of pre-treating, steaming and washing equipment.
“The textile market is still relatively early-on in the adoption of digital printers, with most textiles being printed in the conventional way and a lot of large players dominating the market. With this new hybrid printer, Mimaki has provided an affordable solution that lowers the barriers to entry for smaller print providers,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA. “For larger volume production houses, the printer is valuable for smaller runs and the myriad benefits digital production provides.”
Interchangeable platens enable the hybrid nature of the printer. When printing direct-to-textile, excess ink that penetrates through the fabric is drained by a platen with an ink-receiving ditch. This can quickly be swapped out for a vacuum platen, suitable for printing onto heat transfer paper. The printer can also be configured with three different ink combinations, comprising textile pigment/direct sublimation or textile pigment/sublimation transfer or direct sublimation/sublimation transfer. This means more versatility and more possibilities, making it an ideal entry model.
Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki Core Technology including a Nozzle Check Unit and Nozzle Recovery System. This enables the printer to automatically clean print heads when nozzles malfunction, and when nozzles are not repairable, switch any missing or damaged nozzles with working nozzles without stopping production and without affecting final print quality. An adjustable head gap also means the distance from print head to substrate can be changed preventing print heads from touching substrates.
“The features of this new hybrid printer will enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. With this product Mimaki is effectively democratising accessibility to textile printing, and with solutions like this in the market, we expect to see improved growth of digital printing in textiles,” van den Broek concludes.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — June 20, 2019 — Hygienically Clean, the quantified, validated standard and measure for hygienically clean textiles in North America since 2011, has recently made available a new training video for its customers, The Six C’s: Handling Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment, available via USB flash drive at no cost at www.trsa.org/cleanlinendrive.
This new video represents Hygienically Clean Healthcare Advisory Board and TRSA’s Healthcare Committee’s continuing effort to provide informative, educational resources for laundries and their customers regarding best management practices based on international standards and measures. TRSA’s Textile Services magazine and newsletters have published hundreds of articles on laundry and linen management practices regarding the proper processing and handling of healthcare textiles. TRSA’s long-standing Healthcare Committee has developed dozens of resources to educate the textile care industry and healthcare professionals including The Six C’s of Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment training program that has been distributed by request to hundreds of healthcare facilities.
Laundry professionals led by TRSA, the leading organization for companies that supply laundered garments, uniforms, linens and other reusable textile products to healthcare facilities, developed the 13-minute, user-friendly video.
Hygienically Clean Healthcare laundries use best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by TRSA inspection and produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. Following BMPs created by TRSA and guided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “The Six C’s” enhances safety, improves patient care and reduces costs.
Hygienically Clean reflects the evolution of healthcare laundry certification in light of growing global concerns about infection control, documenting practices that ensure elimination of potentially harmful microbial content while adding quantifiable verification of continuous improvement in overall cleanliness.
In 2017, TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified members produced the popular training video, The Six C’s: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment, which is also available in USB flash drive format at no charge at www.trsa.org/soiledlinendrive.