As a four-day China’s textile industry’s biennial event, The 19th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2019) took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 25 – 28 November, 2019. Under the theme of “Smarter Textile. Better Life,” the show covered nine exhibition halls with a total area of 100,000 sq.mtr, which gathered more than 1,200 international exhibitors who showcased the latest innovations in textile technology and machinery, including knitting & hosiery, spinning/man-made fibre, weaving, digital printing, dyeing and finishing etc.

Other than showcase, a range of concurrent events was organised during the shows, topics included “Artificial Intelligence,” “Wearable Technology” and “Start Up” in the newly established “Textech Galaxy.” Also, following the success of previous edition, “The 2nd Shanghai International Textile Intelligent Manufacturing Forum” introduced the whole chain of the technical manufacturing process and showcased the AI textile products, adding new elements to the show and leading the textile fashion industry to a whole new level. At the same time, The 2nd Artificial Intelligence on Fashion & Textile International Conference (AIFT 2019) was also organised in ShanghaiTex 2019 as a new event, bringing new atmosphere to the show.

Wang Tiankai, the Former Chairman of China National Textile and Apparel Council, Gao Yong, Secretary of the Party Committee of China National Textile and Apparel Council, Yang Jichao, Vice Chairman of China National Textile and Apparel Council, Xu Yingxin, Vice Chairman of China National Textile and Apparel Council / Executive Vice Chairman of Sub- Council of Textile Industry, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT TEX), Liu Haitao, President of China Hi-Tech Group (CHTC), Ye Maoxin, Vice President of China Hi-Tech Group (CHTC) / Chairman of the Board and General Manager of China Textile Machinery Group and the textile associations and VIPs from 13 cities and regions in China visited the whole exhibition with the guide from Tong Jisheng, Chairman of the Board of Orient International (Holding) Co., Ltd., Zhu Yong, President of Orient International (Holding) Co., Ltd., Zhou Minhao, Chairman of Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai, Gu Chunting, Vice Chairman of Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai and Stanley Chu, Chairman of The Adsale Group.

Some of the leading companies that participated in the show were Spinning, Man-made Fibre & Techtextile Machinery Zone: SAVIO/MESDAN/LOEPFE, Trützschler, Murata, Saurer, Oerlikon, China Textile Machinery (Group) Co., Ltd, Hicorp Machinery (Qingdao) Co., Ltd, Henan Haochang Combing Machine Joint-Stock Co., Ltd, Hubei Tianmen Textile Machinery Co., Ltd and Sobone Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd etc. Spare Parts and Accessories For Textile Machinery Zone: Jinan Tianqi Technical Belts Co., Ltd, Wenzhou Darong Tixitle Instrument Co., Ltd, Wuxi No. 2 Rubber Co., Ltd, Wuxi Lanxiang Rubber Co., Ltd and Fordata (Shanghai) Ltd. etc. Weaving Machinery Zone: Jaguar, Atlas Copco, Qingdao Haijia Machinery Co., Ltd, Yongxusheng Mechanical and Electrical Technology(Changzhou) Co., Ltd, Xuzhou Henghui Braiding Machine Co., Ltd, Jiangyin Huafang New Technology and Scientific Research Co., Ltd and Changshu Textile Machinery Works Co., Ltd etc.

Knitting & Hosiery Machinery Zone: Ningbo Cixing, Groz- Beckert, Samsung Knitting Needle, Dinema SPA, Leadsfon, Mayer & Cie (Shanghai), Wellknit, Terrot Gmbh, Jiangsu Jinlong Technology Co., Ltd, Xin Gang Textile Machinery Co., Ltd., Quanzhou Baiyuan Machinery Science and Technology Co., Ltd, Ningbo Beworth Textile Machinery Co., Ltd, Yantex (Yantai) Precision Textile Accessories Co., Ltd. etc. Dyestuff & Textile Chemicals / Printing, Dyeing & Finishing Machinery / Digital Printing Machinery Zone: CHTC Fong’s, EFI Reggiani, Itaca, Gofront Starlam, MS Printing Solution, Konica Minolta, Sedo, Dupont, Hangzhou Image Technology Co., Ltd, Union Int’l (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd., Human Digital Technology(Jiashan) Co., Ltd, Shanghai Wit-Color Digital Science & Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Runtianzhi Digital Equipment Co., Ltd., Yoantion Industrial Inc., Ltd, Jiangsu Yingyou Textile Machinery Co., Ltd, Zhejiang Hik Machinery Co., Ltd, Texpro & Stentex Machinery Technology Co., Ltd, Hangzhou Sunglow Isasi Co., Ltd,

Exploring the Future Trends of textile
Some of the highlighted events included Textech Inno Talk (I), Shanghai International Textile Intelligent Manufacturing Forum and The 2nd Wearable Technology X Textile Design Competition (WTTDC), exploring the technology application of textile fashion and the infinite possibilities of industrial innovation, which in turn opened up new opportunities for the textile and fashion industry.

The rest of the events included: The 2nd Artificial Intelligence on Fashion & Textile International Conference (AIFT 2019), Mapping Sustainable Fashion & Textile – The Denim Chapter, The International Healthcare and Textile Sci-Tech Innovation Conference and the 2019 Fashion Printing Global Digital Printing Summit Forum etc., which focused on the elements of “Healthy textile,” “Sustainable Denim” and “Digital Printing.”

Furthermore, The 2nd Artificial Intelligence on Fashion & Textile International Conference (AIFT 2019), jointly organised by the ShanghaiTex 2019 and the Institute of Textiles & Clothing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was the highlight concurrent event under “Textech Galaxy,” which introduced AI as the new star and challenge in the textile and fashion industry, leading the industry to “Industry 4.0” and “New Retail Era.” The scope of the papers included: Internet of things, textile and apparel supply chain modelling, Textile material defect detection, Textile material colour measurement, Smart textile products, 3D image modelling for fitting, Retail sales replenishment and Fashion sales forecasting etc.

Number of key buyers and associations
The exhibition was visited by more than 20 international associations and buyer delegations, including Taiwan Textile Federation, Indonesian Textile Industries Association, Malaysian Knitting Manufacturers Association, Russian Textile Association, South Korean Buyer Delegation and Ukrainian Buyer Delegation etc. On the other hand, the Chinese associations and delegations included Hang Zhou Garment Industry Association, Zhejiang Cotton Textile Association, Yuhang Textile, Natong Teijin, Luthai Textile and Sunrise Group.

Three “Green” concurrent events Exploring ways to balance “Fashion” & “Environmental Sustainability”
The environmental impacts of textile manufacturing industry have all along been a global concern. The textile enterprises, especially from the printing and dyeing industry must take action quickly to resolve the pressing problems, or they will further aggravate the pressures on ecosystems and become an invisible earth “killer”. Other than exhibition, a series of environmental sustainability related conferences were organised during ShanghaiTex 2019 to address the issues arising from high energy and water consumption in the textile and fashion industries, such as how to use green technologies for denim finishing. Concurrent Events of “Green” were as follows: The World of Greener Denim, Digital Printing – Fashion & Home, Textile Sustainability Conference.

 

Some of the technological highlights from Shanghaitex

Saurer’s highly efficient FusionTwister

Saurer Twisting Solutions focus is on the highly efficient FusionTwister for staple fibre yarns. The FusionTwister sets the benchmark for the cost-effective production of two-for-one twisted staple fibre yarns. In order to achieve this, the company has taken into account the three main factors affecting our customers’ profitability, namely energy, economics and ergonomics.

The machines’ reliably low energy consumption is an important characteristic for decision-makers to take into account. Achieved by means of an optimised spindle drive as well as a great variety of spindle and feeding sizes for all kinds of applications, it is the main element in the equation of production costs. Power consumption and costs are closely related, with energy efficiency positively influencing the return on investment, since it is daily challenge to process the maximum feeding weight while keeping electricity usage at a comfortable level. The machine’s short setup times, fast air threading and easy handling were key considerations with regard to optimising ergonomics.

With the computer-controlled servo drive system, customers have a high degree of flexibility to wind the yarn onto crosswound packages with a large variation in shapes and density. This vital factor enables them to be successful in a fast-changing market environment. Other features adding to the FusionTwister’s versatility are the software upgrade and newly designed computer panel. This results in better readability and more flexibility, while creating the base for the Saurer mill management system Senses.

Sinkerless technology by Terrot

Circular knitting machine builder Terrot demonstrated two of its latest models at a recent exhibition including a bestselling machine for sportswear fabrics and a single jersey sinkerless machine. On show were the globally top-selling machine UCC548E and the exclusive Sino SL-4 TC.

The UCC548E is described as a double-electronic machine with electronic needle selection in the cylinder and dial that is ideal for the production of functional sport and leisure textiles. With great flexibility and a high production output, the UCC548E features a wide variety of applications while producing single and double jersey combinations. Accurate needle selection in the cylinder and dial cam box guarantees great flexibility, says Terrot, as well as a large pattern range. The knitting of 3D-patterns is also possible. This model has a maximum machine speed up to 21 rpm while a speed factor of 720 guarantees high production output available in different gauge settings ranging from E14 up to E 28. “The UCC548 E is a high-speed model that is able to produce different fabric weights and designs – ideal for smaller and constantly changing markets,” says Terrot. “Due to their outstanding efficiency and quality, Terrot electronic machines have become well- established on the international market and earned the customers trust worldwide.”

The second exhibition model is the sinkerless Sino SL-4 TC. This model is described as an easy and extremely efficient single jersey production for leisure and outerwear fabrics. The range of Terrot circular knitting machines by SINO are specially designed to meet the technical requirements of the Chinese market, and are therefore exclusively distributed there. They offer with shorter delivery times and offer great value for money in order to serve the demand for high quality machines in China. “This highly productive single jersey machine is designed without sinkers for advanced fabric quality,” says Terrot. “It’s assembly is very easy and significantly reduces cleaning and maintenance operations on the knitting head. The SL-4 model is available with tubular frame or open width frame.”

Oerlikon presents new generation of machines

Oerlikon recently launched to create new standards in texturing: The eAFK Evo generation of machines promises superior speeds, greater productivity and consistently high product quality, along with lower energy consumption and simpler operation vis-àvis comparable market solutions. Oerlikon Barmag showed these wide-ranging capabilities at the trade fair with a highend designs from the new system platform. In particular, the numerous value-added features include two that are excelling with cool technology: The optimized EvoHeater and the EvoCooler, a completely newlydeveloped active cooling unit.

WINGS FDY is now also newly available for the polyamide 6 process. With this development, the tried-and-tested WINGS technology — to date well-known for FDY yarns from polyester manufacturing — is now also available for the challenging polyamide 6 process. This new 24-end winding concept makes the efficient production of FDY PA6 yarns a reality.

Extending the polyamide yarn production from 12 to 24 ends with DIO and WINGS FDY pays yarn producers dividends, particularly in terms of investment expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditure (OPEX): Significant savings with regards to energy, footprint and — due to the more ergonomic design — a rather convenient string-up are among the WINGS FDY PA concept’s most convincing arguments. The enclosed draw unit ensures low spin finish emissions, offering a safe working environment. Offering swift string-up, the optimized yarn path of the tried-and tested WINGS FDY PET system is united with the high relaxing performance of conventional polyamide systems to create a completely new concept. The 24-end WINGS FDY PA hence profitably combines the benefits of both processes. The result: Outstanding yarn properties, excellent dyeability, optimum process performance and high full package rate. A perfect package builds guarantees excellent further processing properties in the downstream processes. With a 116-mm stroke, this winder makes high package weights possible, therefore delivering added-value yarns for further processing. As a consequence, yarn manufacturers can give themselves a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The BCF S8 production plant promises carpet yarn manufacturers greater punching power within a fiercely contended market. Superlative spinning speeds, up to 700 filaments per yarn end, finer titers down to 2.5 dpf — the performance data and technological finesse of the new system already made an impression at its unveiling at the German DOMOTEX trade fair in January. Besides, the company unveiled the monocolor and the tricolor version of the BCF S8 recently.

Polyester and its applications are omnipresent in our everyday lives. Whether as beverage bottles, film packaging, hightech sports shirts or safety belts, polyester excels with its excellent mechanical properties and inexpensive production. However, the constantly rising demand requires responsible handling of global resources. For this reason, it is not only ‘virgin polyester’ generated from crude oil that is exclusively the raw material for manufacturing, so too is polyester recycled from post-production and postconsumer waste. Processing production waste also helps cut raw material, disposal and transport costs, hence increasing efficiency. With the new VacuFil® recycling series, Oerlikon Barmag in cooperation with its subsidiary company BBEngineering is offering a solution catering to a “clean technology” production philosophy.

Decades of experience in the areas of extrusion, filtration and spinning systems have been bundled into a new, innovative core component — the vacuum filter. It unites gentle large scale filtration and controlled intrinsic-viscosity build-up for consistently outstanding melt quality. The vacuum unit – located adjacent to the filter — swiftly and reliably removes volatile contamination (spinning oil, etc.). The excellent degasification performance additionally relieves the energy-intensive pre-drying process. The modular structure of the VacuFil range offers numerous possibilities for the process guiding system. Whether as a standalone solution with downstream granulation or as an inline variant with 3DD additive feed — customer requirements can be optimally catered for with various system configurations.

Groz-Beckert presents new product and service innovations

Groz-Beckert recently presented wide range of products for the fascinating world of weaving. From the warp beam manufacture to the finished woven fabric, its products make a considerable contribution to achieving optimal woven fabric quality.

The Carding area presented numerous developments benefiting the spinning industry, from a new stationary flat range and the new revolving flat TV56 and a cylinder clothing with special tooth geometry, through to the patented doffer wire D40-30-31ES CBF.

The Knitting division presented a selection of innovative needles for special applications: Including the SAN™ SF needle for large diameter circular knitting machines, the SAN™ TT needle for the flat knitting sector and the dur™ needle for use in sock machines.

CHTC FONG’S presents smart dyeing & finishing innovations

CHTC Fong’s has been committed to the development and manufacturing of dyeing and finishing equipment for more than 50 years. In the past decades, CHTC Fong’s devoted to the development of energy-saving and emission reduction machines and now it becomes the basic conditions for dyeing factories. Today, we live in a digital era, though in the traditional textile industry, CHTC Fong’s has been with the times. Together with its well-known brands: Fong’s, Monforts Fong’s, Xorella, Then, Goller, FWT and Monforts, CHTC Fong’s dedicated in the development of Smart Dyeing & Finishing and join with the customers to build the intelligent dyeing factory.

The CHTC FONG’S Group provided “one-stop” sustainable solution in dyeing and finishing range of “pre-treatment, dyeing, post-treatment and waste water treatment, and yarn conditioning and heat setting. It has a full line of the most advanced and innovative products and technology including our new product- FONG’S TECWIN High Temperature Dyeing Machine, FONG’S ALC Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighing and Dispensing System, GOLLER DYEPADDER ECONOMICA Nip-in-Trough, MONFORTS QUALITEX Full Touch Panel Control System, MONFORTS NEW CYD Continuous Yarn Dyeing System, MONFORTS FONG’S Innovative Technology Center and MONFONGS STRAHM HiPer Shrink Astra Shrinkage & Relaxation Dryer.

FONG’S TECWIN – High Temperature Dyeing Machine
FONG’S TECWIN is designed to satisfy the ever-changing market demands. The reliability and versatility of the machine are improved.
TECWIN is equipped with several patented designs:
1. Combined Air and Front Spray Nozzle
• Standard Feature: Increase the degree of dye liquor interchange before passing through the main nozzle.
• Optional Feature: Optional blower is equipped. High pressure aerodynamic flow in spray nozzle is provided to resolve the special fabrics that demand high quality.
2. Automatic Adjustable Nozzle: Adjustment of nozzle setting is automatically done by means of motor drive system, and hence manual changing of nozzle is not required.
3. Liquor Dispersion Storage Chamber: This is a uniquely design chamber for providing a better liquor dispersion effect.
4. Upper and Lower Overflow
• Lower Overflow: Maintaining pump operation with low water level to prevent disturbance caused by rinsing at a high water level.
• Upper Overflow: This is adopted for conventional overflow rinsing function.
Furthermore, the dye liquor separation is specially designed in TECWIN. With the use of the variable loading storage chamber, the dyeing operation can be performed more smoothly and fabric patterns can be more organised, which eventually leads to a lower liquor ratio.

FONG’S ALC – Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighing and Dispensing System
The ALC Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighing and Dispensing System realises unmanned dispensing according to the instructions fed from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system using advanced computer control technology. By means of precision mass flow-meter and metering pump, the liquid chemicals are accurately and precisely delivered and weighed from storage tanks, and with the application of valves and pipe network connections, the chemicals are accurately and rapidly distributed to the designated dyeing machine in the most effective way. With the efficient cleaning function after each delivery, not only is the operation efficiency of the dyeing plant improved but also it avoids human errors. Thus, dyeing quality is guaranteed.

GOLLER DYEPADDER ECONOMICA – Nip-in-Trough with Double Impregnation Mechanism
The New GOLLER DYEPADDER ECONOMICA Nip-in-Trough with Double Impregnation Mechanism provides even dyeing for knitted fabric without crease mark and distortion incurred.
The newly-designed double impregnation mechanism provides further improvement on the impregnation effectiveness in combination of a lower running tension. As the ECONOMICA guarantees reproducibility and handling in the highest standard, a smooth and clear fabric surface can be expected after dyeing. The deflection-controlled rollers of ECONOMICA are working according to the principle of the swimming rollers, irrespective of the overall pressure of the padder- the deflection of the squeezing rollers is always consistent with the set values to ensure an even dyeing over the fabric width. On top of the deflection-controlled rollers, the large diameter guide rollers ensure a smooth knitted fabric transport with minimal tension incurred, which is beneficial to the dyeing process as a whole.
The double impregnation mechanism consists of a trough with a padder inside and with the minimum level of working liquor required. This mechanism provides sufficient impregnation and low-tension running condition for knitted fabric during the dyeing process. Furthermore, Thermplates keep the temperature of the dyebath as per the set value throughout the dyeing process – no matter its cool or hot.
With the precise dosing of dyestuff-alkali mixed, the application of precise and homogeneous pick-up and the linear nip of the deflection-controlled rollers, the GOLLER DYEPADDER ECONOMICA Nip-in-Trough with Double Impregnation Mechanism will always be the most ideal open-width dyeing range for knitted fabrics dyeing in small to medium batches used.

MONFORTS QUALITEX – Full Touch Panel Control System
It’s well-known that the astonishing success of China’s economy over the past decade has sent wages soaring and made it difficult for the country’s textile manufacturers to find and retain trained machine operators, while operating in a highly competitive market where optimised production and full resource efficiency are of paramount importance.
In direct response to this situation, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG has introduced a range of new Industry 4.0 technologies aimed at simplifying machine operation while providing easy access to all data and instant or remote assistance. Monforts discussed the company’s latest developments in this area with valued Chinese customers. They include the latest Qualitex full touch panel control system, with its digital twinning capability and Smart Check and Smart Support apps, reinforced by the comprehensive Monforts Smart Sensor machine monitoring programme.

MONFORTS NEW CYD – Continuous Yarn Dyeing System
Monforts also provided full details of its new CYD continuous yarn dyeing system which is based on the Econtrol® technique – the most effective and established dyeing process for denim fabrics that is now being applied for yarn dyeing. *(* Econtrol is a registered trademark of Dystar Colours Distribution GmbH.) Econtrol® is a pad-dry process employed in Monforts continuous dyeing in which the reactive dyestuff is fixed to the cellulose fibres during drying. The fixing medium is a controlled by a steam/air mixture within the Monforts Thermex unit. With sulphur and reactive dyes in particular, the improvement in both quality and fixation is considerable, and with significant savings in energy and time due to the combined bleaching and padder fixation. The use of the Econtrol T-CA technique also allows the dyeing of cotton/polyester and other yarn blends.
Weaving preparation: The CYD system also integrates new functions and processes into the weaving preparation processes – spinning, direct beaming, warping and assembly beaming, followed by sizing and dyeing – in order to increase quality, flexibility, economic viability and productivity.
Further new concepts include the unique Eco Bleach process. This is the first bleaching system for yarn treatment available on the market and is combined with the washing units, after which the fabric is then dyed immediately, resulting in considerable savings in wastewater and chemicals.
It is possible to process short batches of yarn in order to produce minimum runs of finished fabrics in a single continuous process. By comparing the usual processing sequences within the denim industry with the new CYD system, the advantages become immediately clear

XORELLA XO-Series – Vacuum Conditioning and Heat Setting Machine
XORELLA XO-Series energy saving vacuum conditioning and heat setting machines has been well used in improving the quality of yarn and also heat setting of garment. The Xorella XOSteaming treatment could even penetrate the textile products for humidification, twist setting, preshrinking the synthetic filament, anti-static, colour fixation of digital printed fabric and heat setting of garment. The latest saturated steam generating system could reduce 30 percent of connected power loading and save between 15 percent to 25 percent energy consumption.
In order to satisfy the requirement of different users, Xorella provides both round and cubical machine and also variety of loading and door opening systems for customer selection. Nowadays, XO-Series machines were used in more than 50 countries in the world.

Thies concentrates on sustainable product solutions

Thies GmbH concentrates on sustainable product solutions and development of innovative and integrated concepts for fibre, yarn and fabric dyeing. Thies is into fabrication of high quality machines for yarn and piece dyeing, bleaching and drying equipment. Thies recently introduced iCone, a yarn dyeing machine ideal for bleaching and dyeing fibre in different forms like packages, warp beams, combed tops or flock. With the help of modern flow analysis tools, the pipe systems, pumps and their impellers have been optimised, reducing pressure losses and power consumption. It offers the ability to dye in a traditional manner by using reciprocating liquor circulation. However, it can also be operated with one flow direction and an ultra-short liquor ratio starting at 1:3.6. The machine is very flexible and matches diverse requirements. The delivery spectrum of the iCone is complemented by the very latest, userfriendly control system. Its ‘green functions’ provide standardised programmes for exploiting the optimisation potential of different process steps. It can be integrated into existing dyeing facilities without problems. On customer request, the iCone machines can be designed for the operation with existing material carriers and correspondingly for the adaption to existing dryers.

The latest version of the well-established and successful iMaster H2O incorporates various new detail improvements. The iMaster mini belongs to the iMaster family. It is a fully-equipped variant of the iMaster H2O with a loading capacity of 20-80 kg for small production runs and laboratory work. The main advantage is to operate the iMaster mini with the same parameter settings as the iMaster H2O production machine. The earlier testing and optimisation phase using the iMaster mini has shown that new kinds of fabrics, recipes and processes can be incorporated in the production sequence more effectively and more cost-efficiently. For the treatment of light to mediumweight terry articles, Thies recommends the iMaster F machine. It has loading capacities of up to 400 kg per chamber. The soft-TRD SIII combines perfect fabric running properties with the latest short liquor ratio technology. With liquor ratios starting at 1:5, a variety of sensitive fabrics can be treated gently. The soft- TRD SIII is ideal for finishing polyester fabrics due to the high-performance temperature regulation.

For reducing error rates and increasing reproducibility, the automation of the chemical and auxiliaries supply is mandatory. The MPS product family offers a complete solution for fully automated supply of a finishing plant with chemicals, dyes and auxiliaries. For example, the MPS-L (liquids) automates the transport of all liquid chemicals typically used in a dye house to the designated destinations in the defined quantities. The MPS-D is used primarily for dissolving dyes. The MPS Colourmatic automates and controls the dissolving and supply of powdered dyes. The fully automatic version of the MPS Colourmatic controls the storage, weighing, dissolving and provision of the dyes. The MPS-S (solids) transfers the solids used in the dye house, such as Glauber salt or sodium carbonate, to the dyeing plants automatically. The MPS-G (gravimetric) offers flexibility, reliability and automation all in a single module. It combines the functions of the systems MPS-L, MPS-D and MPS-S.

Sometime back Thies presented the latest version of the Maintenance Manager, which is among other items complemented by the module ‘Condition Monitoring’. The software schedules, executes and controls all maintenance and servicing works. It facilitates the procurement of spare parts and provides the technical documentation digitally. At the same time, with the collection of these data Thies will lay the foundation for prospective machine learning from respective customised system- specific history data. Furthermore, Thies offered a new generation of controllers (T390), which is designed for Industry 4.0-applications as well as for interfacing appropriate MES-systems.

Sensient® puts spotlight on Sustainable Inkjet Technologies

Sensient Imaging Technologies, the trusted view partner for innovative digital inkjet technology, is promoting its portfolio of digital inks and commitment to safer, more sustainable solutions for the textile industry. ElvaJet® Coral – Sensient’s digital water-based sublimation ink for textiles is one of its latest offerings.

High quality, low environmental impact: With the textile industry in China under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of water, waste and energy from the production process, there is a growing demand for solutions that help manufacturers and brands reduce their environmental footprint.

Designed to reduce water and waste, ElvaJet® Coral is a sustainable solution that doesn’t compromise on quality or colour. The ink has been specially developed for direct printing onto polyester fabrics, which significantly reduces the waste from transfer paper and residual ink. ElvaJet® Coral also requires much less water than other inks – just 1 liter compared to the 50 ltrs required for traditional direct disperse printing.

EFI Reggiani Green Processes and Sustainable Solutions

Textile solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) are changing the way textile and apparel products are designed and produced, bringing environmental sustainability to the industry in a big way. The EFI™ Reggiani recently presented sustainable printing solutions for direct-to-textile production and denim dyeing under the theme of Innovation in Green. The company showcased the future in innovation with the range of superior-quality EFI Reggiani scanning digital printers; the company’s short and environmentally friendly direct sublimation process offering; a new FUOCO acid ink range; and DENIM technology, a highly sustainable, breakthrough continuous indigo rope and warp dyeing and denim fabric finishing solution.

Leading-edge digital textile printing
The EFI Reggiani VOGUE is an industrial textile printer designed for superior-quality direct-to-textile printing in fashion and sportswear applications. The VOGUE model prints at resolutions up to 2,400 dots per inch (dpi) with 16 printing heads, 8 colours and 4- to 72-picolitre drop sizes. In addition, the VOGUE printer boasts an innovative recirculation system that saves ink and reduces maintenance during machine operation and between stoppages. The recirculation system also reduces the need for specific air conditioning and humidity controls, saving energy and reducing overall usage costs. The VOGUE printer is capable of using virtually any type of textile ink. The EFI Reggiani direct sublimation process ensures superior colour brightness and penetration, as well as fast turnaround time, while increasing sustainability by avoiding transfer paper waste.

EFI Reggiani develops and produces a whole range of waterbased inks from reactive to direct disperse and disperse sublimation, pigment and acid. New by the company is EFI Reggiani FUOCO range of water-based acid inks, which are specifically designed to deliver superior-quality prints for highly demanding textile applications with unmatched colour depth and vibrancy.

Available in 11 colours, including three light colours, EFI Reggiani FUOCO can give textile producers some of the highest-quality printing available on both silk and polyamide fabrics. EFI Reggiani Extra Deeping chemistry, an additional enhancement solution that can be used with FUOCO, increases the penetration of the ink into fibres for a fabulous double-face effect.

Facilitating efficient textile and apparel design
The EFI portfolio of advanced technologies also features prep, design and colour management solutions from the EFI textile ecosystem. These include:

• EFI Optitex®, a portfolio of solutions, including both 2D and 3D design elements that enable brands and designers to make design decisions virtually and then transform those decisions into manufacturing instructions. It also includes Revu, a collaborative tool for showcasing virtual samples in a 3D digital environment to facilitate design review and approval processes.
• EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) technologies designed to ensure the ultimate in ease of use, colour management and efficient throughput. The EFI Fiery proServer DFE features advanced colour management and screening technology, giving users high-quality prints with saturated blacks, vivid colours, clean pastels and smooth gradients, without compromising fine detail designs. The DFE also provides important production tools including shrinkage correction and step-and-repeat management, plus a set of design tools to create repeats and colourways, manage seasonal palettes and create colour ranges.
• EFI Fiery DesignPro, a suite of owerful and easy to learn Adobe® plug-ins for fashion and textile designers that delivers a comprehensive design workflow. Fiery DesignPro improves design speed and accuracy, lets designers experiment more effectively and communicates colour consistently from design to production.

Benninger-Küsters presents DyePad

The main driver for Benninger for the past 160 years was always to come up with consistent innovation and the continuous improvement of our products, processes and services in order to save limited resources such as water and energy. Sustainability is becoming a more and more important factor for the textile industry but for Benninger sustainability not only means saving limited resources but also long lasting quality production ranges and therefore long lasting end products of our customers. Benninger-Küsters DyePad is manufactured in Suzhou Benninger Küsters Machinery Co., Ltd.

This padder has been specially designed for the needs of the Asian markets, and focuses on easy handling. Two swimming rollers ensure a maximum deflection potential and allow dyeing of knit and woven fabrics without limitations. BENNINGER is the only textile machine manufacturer with the know-how of the original S-roller technology, which is synonymous with an even dyeing result across the entire fabric width. In addition the Benninger-Küsters DyePad allows salt free dyeing without the use of energy by using the cold pad batch (CPB) dyeing process. All these advantages and facts make the Benninger-Küsters DyePad to the leading CPB dyeing station with more than 80 percent market share in CPB dyeing.

Contamination Sensor Benninger has developed a contamination sensor for the washing compartments where the degree of contamination regulates the necessary amount of fresh water in order to a.) guarantee the lowest possible water and energy consumption and b.) ensures a high reproducibility of the washing result. Küsters – World Leading Technology by Benninger Group The Swiss company Benninger has been the textile finishing industry’s leading partner for more than 150 years with global branches and service representatives across the globe. In 2007 Küsters Textile GmbH became a member of Benninger Group. This merger of two long-established companies with a premium product and service offering created the world’s leading technology supplier of machines and ranges for textile wet finishing. Since the merger the joint brands Benninger and Küsters have become icons for high quality and leading partners of the textile industry. The vast knowledge and comprehensive process know-how allows Benninger to offer highquality installations with excellent customer service.

One example is the Original-Benninger- Küsters DyePad with two Swimming Rollers, which has been a safe and reliable tool in the field of dyeing since decades. With a refurbished and modernized periphery this unit is perfect for short to medium sized lots. The company’s unique position has attracted local low-cost competitors to exploit Küsters’ heritage and brand value.

Colorjet to expand footprint in Chinese Market

ColorJet India Ltd, India’s largest manufacturer of digital textile printing technology, is looking to expand its footprints in China to derive volume growth in the world’s largest textile market, in a bid to be counted among the top five industrial inkjet printer manufacturers in the world by 2025.

China has been the world’s largest textile producing and exporting country and has remained strong over the past years, which made this market a very compelling reason for ColorJet India Ltd to participate at ShanghaiTex.

The Indian textiles industry, currently estimated at around $150 bn, is expected to reach $300 bn by 2024. According to an IDC report, ColorJet, with more than 33 percent market share in the super wide format digital ink printers in India, commands absolute leadership in the world’s third largest textile exporting and fifth largest garment exporting country in the world.

The China textile market, which is pegged to be at $230 bn, is expected to reach $400 bn by 2022. China has been successful in maintaining this position for a long time now. ColorJet targets to capture 5-7 percent of the pie, looking at the vast potential market of super wide format digital ink printers. “Order volumes this year have been exceptionally strong, so we are looking forward to continuing the momentum by having live systems running at ShanghaiTex. China is the biggest market and ColorJet is looking to make its presence felt in China,” Jitender Pal Singh (VP-Textile) at ColorJet India Limited said. “We are looking to capture 5-7 percent of the digital inkjet printer market in China in the coming years.”

ColorJet India Ltd, showcased live demonstrations of India’s most preferred direct to fabric printer, the Vastrajet® on pigment ink and the Metro, a high performance printer on reactive ink for fashion apparel producers.

The Metro by ColorJet is a modular, versatile industrial production printer with Kyocera print heads and with variable drop printing technology enables higher resolution of 600x1800dpi, fine printing quality and excellent sharpness with productivity of up to 350 sq. mtr per hour. The Vastrajet is an established winner and over the last several years has fulfilled one purpose without fail, which is ensuring a quick ROI. Apart from having better production speed and compact design than its competitors, VastraJet equipped with the ColorJet’s latest technological innovation – AiS™ (Adaptive Ink System) has become an even more attractive investment.