Yingyang Nonwoven Machinery: Reliable Complete Nonwoven Technical Solution Supplier to Fight Against COVID-19

Machinery and technology specialist YINGYANG has responded rapidly in meeting shortages in PPE, wipes, etc for this pandemic, by putting its all priority to build the nonwoven lines which are highly demanded in both domestic and worldwide market, to produce the high quality nonwovens for this application.

We interviewed with Isabella, Sales Manager of YingYang company,  which is one of the participants of the HIGHTEX 2020. Isabella explained the latest products they developed and their plans for 2020.

As one of the leading companies in the nonwovens industry, you have a wide range of products. Could you tell us about your product portfolio and usage areas? Which products of yours are the most demanded?

YINGYANG provides a comprehensive product portfolio. The products include but are not limited to the whole technical solution to manufacture almost all kinds of needle punched technical textile such as automotive interior nonwovens, nonwoven carpet, geotextiles, microfiber synthetic leather substrate; various kinds of thermal and chemical bonded products, spun-bond, spun-laced products, air-through nonwovens, air-laid products and others.

YINGYANG’ products range in use from materials for face masks and protective healthcare apparel to disinfecting products, many of which have seen a demand surge in the fight against COVID-19. These critical materials include nonwoven fabrics for face masks and respirators, for which YINGYANG provides a complete set of production line such as Melt blown, Spun-bonded, Through-air, Spun-laced & needle punching technology. Even though facing the great difficulties of shortage of the machine components supply, YINGYANG has been doing its best to manage for timely supply. During this pandemic, there are already a lot of high-performance nonwoven fabrics produced seven days a week from Nonwoven Machinery supplied by YINGYANG to help increase nonwoven supply for the urgent need of PPE production.

As YingYang company, you produced a lot of spun melt lines. Can we listen to the features and usage areas of these lines from you?

These spun melt technologies were introduced by YINGYANG striving to develop the most advanced and innovative technology to get the finest denier product, optimizing energy consumption, reduced manpower for line conduction and the minimum maintenance operations with a very cost-effective line. And the end products are applied for Mask( N 95, KN95, KF94, FFP2 and FFP3), Medical Protective Cover all, Disinfecting wipes etc.

Could you give information about the latest innovations and technologies you have developed in the production of diapers?

The products such as air-through, spunbonded, spunlaced nonwovens are widely used in the diapers, YINGYANG has been supplying all these technologies with the state-of-art machinery design and complete technical sulutions to enable our clients producing the best quality nonwovens with best performance VS price ratio.

What are the most important criteria in your production? What are the most important features that distinguish your products from other brands?

Quality and efficiency criteria have been applied in our production since the establishment of YINGYANG, in recent years, the production also focus on the Internet & Industry 4.0, environmentally friendly for the sustainable development of the company.

With strong R & D team, YINGYANG always provide the client with customized solutions among the most comprehensive product portfolio and best performance VS price ratio. Each project & every client is given unique attention with individualized focus from beginning of project such as business meeting and proposal, through the production &delivery, installation until its after-sales service, with fully complete file system for easy tracking and on time response. This has led to YINGYANG continuing to enjoy an excellent reputation as a major leading supplier of nonwoven machinery throughout the world.

What is your company’s approach to sustainability and environmentally friendly products? What kind of activities do you have in this regard?

The natural resources are limited on this earth, in fact, more than 70% of the raw material for our machines to produce the nonwoven, is from the recycled material, such as from PET bottles, textile waste, nonwoven waste,etc. As to our company products, such as the micro fiber synthetic leather to replace the natural leather, thermal bonded wadding products to replace the foam, PP spunbonded nonwovens to replaces the plastic material, acoustic fiber board to replace traditional acoustic products, etc, these are all great contribution to the sustainability and environment protection.

On the other hand, our machine design has been greener, more energy saving for sustainability as well.

Could you give information about your representatives around the world and the countries you mainly export to?

Heading for 30 years, YINGYANG has provided thousands of complete set of customized high quality nonwoven technology solutions in 74 countries all over the world, including to the west countries, also traditional market such as Middle East, South& Southeast Asia, Russia, Middle Asia, etc.

Can you tell us about your targets, projects and investments in 2020?

After heavily invested for our R & D laboratory, we will continually invest for our  R & D laboratory in 2020 with a number of Lab production lines for new product development, plus new powder coating system, new laser cutting system for our production, also with new production halls and new apartment building for our staff with more than 300 rooms for each individual, to continually provide our clients with state-of-art products from our best team.

Finally, which machines will you highlight at the HIGHTEX 2020? Do you mind sharing its features with us?

Even though YINGYANG will not display the real machine in HIGHTEX 2020, we have our show room in our Turkey clients. In the fair we will be open to introduce to the visitors about the latest development of the company, such as 2000rpm needle looms, also other new products since last hightex fair.

Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI

Andritz Has Developed A High-Speed Converting Line For The Production of Face Masks

ANDRITZ Diatec, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has developed a fully automatic, high-speed face mask converting line for the production of disposable face masks. In the first configuration, this new converting line will be able to produce masks for surgical/medical applications; other mask types – like N95/FFP2 – are currently being evaluated.
The new ANDRITZ D-Tech Face Mask line produces and laminates three or more layers of fabrics (spunbond, meltblown, thermo-bonded nonwovens and others) and ensures highest quality and hygiene standards. It comprises unwinding and guiding units for nonwoven webs, cutting and positioning devices for the metal nose bar, an edge welding and cutting unit, a 90° rotation process, as well as positioning and welding of the ear loop elastics.

The line has a speed of up to 110 m/min and is able to produce up to 750,000 face masks per day. There are also different packaging options available: products can be packed in bags by an automatic flow wrapping machine or in cardboard boxes by an automatic cartoner.
ANDRITZ Diatec is one of the globally leading specialists for converting machines for the production of hygiene end products: diapers for children and adults, feminine hygiene, underpads, absorbent pads for the food industry, and now also face masks.

2019 EDANA Nonwoven Statistics Released

Despite low growth in last two years, Greater European Nonwovens Production reaches 4.4% Annual Average Growth over the last decade.

EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries released European annual statistics for 2019.

As a result of the recent economic conditions and, in particular, the downturn in several end-use sectors, figures for Greater Europe (Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) show that the overall production of nonwovens has been flat in both weight (+0.3%) and in surface area (+0.5%) compared with 2018.

According to figures collected and compiled by the EDANA secretariat, production of nonwovens in Europe reached 2,782,917 tonnes. This compares with 2,774,194 tonnes in 2018 when the annual growth was 1.5%. Despite these two low growth years, the European production recorded an average growth rate of 4.4% over the last decade.

Obviously, a more in-depth analysis will be necessary to draw any definitive conclusion, as diverging trends have been observed in different European countries, and between the various production processes and market segments of nonwovens.

Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, stated “In terms of apparent growth rates, airlaid nonwovens has been in line with the long-term trend this year, but it is actually the hydroentanglement process that has recorded the highest growth rate, at slightly more than 5.5%. However, other bonding processes within the drylaid technologies (thermally, air-through, chemically bonded and needled punched), as well as wetlaid nonwovens witnessed either flat or negative growth rates in 2019. Spunmelt nonwovens production, compared to its performance of 2018, recorded a growth of 0.6%.”

The main end-use for nonwovens remains the hygiene market with a 29% share of deliveries, amounting to 792,620 tonnes, a growth of 1.5% in 2019. The most significant increases in percentage in 2019 were in table linen (+12.3%) and electronic materials (+6.8%). In contrast, several important sectors in terms of volumes sold showed limited (and sometimes negative) growth rates: e.g. personal care wipes (+1.6%), building/roofing (-0.3%), civil engineering (-1.5%) and automotive interiors (-2.5%). Additionally, major declines were noticed in medical applications, garments, interlinings and wall covering.

“Without the help of participating companies”, Jacques Prigneaux noted, “these figures couldn’t be compiled, and we would like to thank them again for their efforts in sending their input to us, especially during the tumultuous period of the first quarter 2020. “

“Thanks to a convergence of efforts of the participating companies, to an improved ISO definition of nonwovens and to the continuous monitoring of EDANA staff, these statistics are more and more relevant for planning and benchmarking purposes within member companies” said Jacques.

“As the world continues to discover the important role of nonwovens in protecting healthcare staff and patients through medical devices and personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, respirators, gowns, drapes and coveralls during the Covid-19 pandemic, our ongoing commitment is to work with partner associations throughout the world, also to harmonise nonwoven production and sales statistics, and our positions on trade classification rules” announced Pierre Wiertz, general manager, EDANA. “This, together with the now improved ISO nonwovens definition, should give the whole industry the visibility it deserves.”

Nonwoven Products Contributing in the Struggle Against the COVID-19 Pandemic

According to declaration published by Edana; the current global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has highlighted the importance of face masksdisinfecting wipes and personal protective clothing, as well as the need to keep the supply chain going to ensure the production and supply of those products.

In this context it is interesting to look at the wider picture including other nonwovens-based products that also contribute in the battle against this pandemic:

  • Components for rapid test kits
    Many diagnostics companies worldwide are working on the development of test kits for easy and rapid detection of the Coronavirus. These kits include fibre-based components which can detect the virus in blood.
  • Cards for collection of biosamples 
    These cards are used for screening of infectious diseases on a large scale. They can be an alternative to the more traditional liquid sampling: blood or saliva samples collected directly onto the card, can be stored and transported at ambient temperature prior to analysis.
  • Filters for ventilators
    As the most severe cases affected by COVID-19 require artificial ventilation, there is a strong demand for the filter media that are used in order to secure the safety of ventilators and the quality of air provided to patients.
  • Laboratory filters
    Healthcare structures, hospitals and laboratories are now facing new challenges for analysis, sample preparation and laboratory works especially research geared towards treatment of and vaccination against COVID-19. Laboratory filters are used to remove particulates from samples in laboratory-scale applications.

Turkey has Advanced capacity in the field of Nonwovens and Technical Textiles

During the COVID-19 pandemic; The World continues to explore the important role of nonwovens in the protection of healthcare professionals and patients with the medical equipment and personal protective equipment such as; medical masks ,respiratory masks, ventilators, gowns, curtains. In Turkey, many companies operating in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens, proves its global success in this field by playing an important role in the international market.

Thanks to national and domestic production, companies continues to meet the masks and disinfectants needs of Turkey and especially health workers rapidly. Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM), being the unique umbrella organization in Turkey for 61 exporters union scattered through 27 industries with their 90 thousand exporting companies, aims to start with the production of 1 million masks daily and reach the capacity of 40 million masks monthly. In addition, Turkey as well as produce medical equipment for its own country, but also provides the necessary support to countries in need of it.

Covid-19 Spikes Demand For Surgical & Face Masks

The continuing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) scare the world over has resulted in high demand for surgical and face masks. There is also a steep rise in the price of the masks, along with a spike in raw material prices. Manufacturing companies are now working round the clock to cater to the rising demand for disposable masks in India and the world.

Seeing the huge demand-supply gap, many manufacturing units are investing in setting up additional machineries in their factories for producing masks from nonwoven fabric.

“Demand is too high; our workers are working day in day out to meet the demand. With our current manufacturing capacity, we can produce 2,40,000 masks every alternate day. We are also working on increasing our capacity by setting up another manufacturing machine, and with the installation of new unit we will be able to produce 3,60,000 masks every alternate day and hopefully we can contribute somewhat to fulfil demand in such a situation,” a Delhi-based manufacturer, who supplies to the international market, told Fibre2Fashon on condition of anonymity.

Krunal Patel, MD of DNP Enterprise, an Ahmedabad-based surgical products manufacturer who exports to places like Singapore and Malaysia, said: “Right now we are not able to meet the demand of surgical masks, as we don’t have that large-scale capacity to manufacture it. At present time, we are focused to supply to our routine customers. We have pending orders for next 8-11 months.”

“We are not taking any further orders for face masks, as we are running out of supply for the same. Everyday there are several queries and requirements from clients across India. We are receiving bulk orders for masks, but we are not getting any supply from our manufacturers to cater to the demand,” lamented a spokesperson from disposable face masks trader Arctelic Inc.

“Today morning we received supply of 100 masks, and within couple of hours all were sold. Even the prices have gone up for the same,” said a medical shop owner in Ahmedabad.

Zorlu Textile Sets New Goals in its Investments towards the Smart Textile Market

Through the vision of ‘Smart Life 2030’, Zorlu Textile sets its target to accomplish 50 percent of its textile turnover from smart textile products by 2025.

Zorlu Family, a group that expands step by step on the path set off with the textile sector, has weighed in priority and accelerated its smart textile growth strategies under the roof of Zorlu Textile. Zeki Zorlu, Co-Chairman of Zorlu Holding explained with his team at the Korteks facility of Zorlu Textile in Bursa about the vision of ‘Smart Life 2030’ and the cyclical economy-based smart transformation initiated in the company. New targets were discussed within the team, including Ömer Yüngül, the CEO of Zorlu Holding, Necat Altın, Group President of the Zorlu Textile, and Barış Mert, General Manager Korteks Company.

The smart textile market, which attained a total value of 160 billion dollars in the world, is targeted to accomplish 475 billion dollars in 2025 and 3 trillion dollars by 2030. Zorlu Textile, which procured 20 percent of its turnover from smart textile products in 2019, foresees that half of its turnover will be obtained from smart textile products by 2025.

Zorlu will continue and advance its investments in smart textiles

Zeki Zorlu, Co-Chairman of Zorlu Holding, declared that manufacturing in all aspects should keep on by following up the state-of-the-art technological developments despite the hardships encountered in the scope of industrial productions in Turkey.

Ömer Yüngül, the CEO of Zorlu Holding, explained that they are the leading company that creates the most employment opportunities in their respective sectors, and because of the smart investments in their factories, while the number of the employees has seemingly decreased, they have established fresh employment areas by carrying out additional investments.

Yüngül continued as follows: ‘‘As a group that focuses on the forthcoming trends and follows up innovations in the world in this aspect, we closely keep our eyes on the  Silicon Valley, which we see as the cradle of all innovations and the initiation point of many technological developments, and other similar technological hubs. We even established a company there. I think that the textile industry is especially very fortunate in this regard. Because the textile industry forms common intersection points and it is at the center of solutions for all fields from conductive fabrics to technical textiles, from wearable technology to energy, from security to the healthcare industry. The worldwide smart textile market, which was approximately 60 billion dollars before the 2008-2009 global economic crisis, has come very close to 160 billion dollars in size today. In this market, where China, the USA, and Germany are the driving forces, as a country, we achieved exports amounting to 1.7 billion dollars last year. However, when we consider the potential of the market and its foreseeable development, there are many possibilities that we can cover on this issue. As an innovative group that handles sustainability as a way of dealing with business and is live on technology, we will continue and advance our long-term investments in the smart textile area as a result of the conducted research efforts and the inspiration that we have gained from the Silicon Valley.’’

Exports Target Set to 200 Million Dollars

Necat Altın, Group President of the Zorlu Textile, Necat Altın stated that Zorlu Textile reached a total turnover of 605 million dollars last year while the exports amounted to 186 million dollars. Altın, further declared that they set their targets to 620 million dollars of turnover and 200 million dollars of exports for 2020, continued as follows: ‘‘We will build a more intelligent trade channel in the forthcoming period. Our purpose is to increase our turnover more than two times until 2025 through the smart transformation that we initiated.’’

Korteks Yarns for the Domestic Car

Zorlu textile division, being one of the ‘5 brave fellows’ of the Turkish domestic automobile project, also holds the position of the leading supplier of automotive companies in the world. Yüngül expressed that they are specialized in ceiling yarns of the vehicles, further declared that: ‘‘Korteks will also provide the ceiling yarns of the Turkish domestic car, and that task suits us well.’’ In addition, Barış Mert, General Manager Korteks Company, stated that they are in business with global brands in the automotive industry and they single-handedly provide 15 percent of the consumption in Europe by carrying out the exports of approximately 5 thousand tons of automotive yarn. Mert emphasized that Korteks provided ceiling yarns of the vehicles of Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, continued as follows: We have been manufacturing fountain pen yarns for 5-6 years now. In September 2020, the recycling machinery will be operational at the facility. Plastic bottles will be converted into yarn. We will initiate this process with 600 kilos daily at first. We made an investment of 5 million dollars for this business.

Kordsa Proceeds with Its Development Story

Kordsa, the reinforcement leader in Turkey, continues its investments in composite technologies and achieved to end another year with successful financial results. Kordsa increased its turnover by 30.2% in 2019 amounting to 5,137 million TL, compared to the previous year, and its net profit is increased by 11.8%, which amounts to 378 million TL.

The company accomplished a profit of 747 million TL before interest, depreciation, and taxes in the same period.

Kordsa, which is one of the affiliates of Sabancı Holding, continued its growth this year by incorporating 4 composite companies that are located in the USA in 2018 and 2019. The company desires to have a say with the technologies that it has developed in the composite industry and to rapidly observe the reflection of its investments on turnover. Therefore, Kordsa continued its development by investing in companies located in the USA, which is the center of the composite market and the aviation industry, and which have completed their approval processes. The contribution of these investments, which are located in the USA, to the turnover with an amount of 737 million TL, reflected positively on the financial indicators by the end of 2019. In 2019, the company’s total turnover reached 5.1 billion TL with an increase of 30.2% compared to the previous year, and the period profit increased by 11.8% to 378 million TL, and fundamental operating profit increased by 16.9% to 614 million TL. Kordsa increased its total export amount by 14.6% by realizing exports to 38 countries in 2019.

Ali Çalışkan, CEO of Kordsa, expressed his satisfaction with the growth they achieved and the sustainable technologies they developed in 2019, evaluated the year-end results as follows: ’‘As Kordsa, ‘‘Our Passion is Strengthening Life’’. As our growth continues, our efforts are in the direction of trying to develop sustainable technologies in order to add value to our country, partners, and investors and to guide the sectors we are in. As Kordsa Reinforcers, we have created the R&D platform named “Flexible Electronics” in partnership with Sabancı University in order to develop new generation flexible wearable sensors on account of using our knowledge and competencies in different fields. We carried our journey, which was initiated with tire reinforcement, into space with our investments in 2018 and 2019, and now we are ready to take our technological breadth further through with this new R&D platform and make an effort to produce the technology of the future. I would like to thank our employees and partners who contributed to all our successes.’’

At the beginning of the third quarter of 2019, the company took an important step in the journey of creating a second Kordsa by incorporating US Axiom Materials, which has an important place in advanced composite technologies and aviation industry, and has completed the original parts manufacturer approval processes. Hence, the company has become an important supplier of the Oxide ceramic composite market, which is durable against high temperatures and used in the engines of aircrafts. Kordsa, which reinforces one of every three automobile tires in the world and two of all three aircraft tires, has now started to strengthen the engines of the planes that it has strengthened its tires today after the wings, hulls and internal parts of them.

Kordsa, which sustains its leadership in the tire reinforcement industry as well as its development in the composite field, launched its new line in 2019, of which the investment decision was made in 2016 and will provide an additional 7 thousand tons of polyester yarn capacity at the Izmit facility in order to meet the increasing demand in this business sector. Through this new line, Kordsa gained the ability to produce new generation polyester yarn products with very high strength and better dimensional stability in addition to the standard HMLS polyester yarn.

Kordsa, which tries to manufacture “sustainable technologies” in every step and every investment it takes on its path with the goal of reinforcing life, has developed an innovation that will steer the tire industry in 2019 with an open innovation approach. Kordsa, which has developed a new and environmentally friendly adhesive standard called CoKoon for joining rubber-based compounds and textile reinforcement materials by combining the R&D forces with the tire manufacturer Continental, has created a free license pool for access to this new formula aiming to devise an alternative, which has been an industry standard for almost a century. Production of the first 250,000 tires with CoKoon bonding technology started within the last quarter of 2019.

Brückner Signed Contract for a Major Project with Dinarsu

Brückner, with a 70-year history of textile finishing, is known worldwide as a technology partner for all companies working in the drying, coating and finishing of web-shaped materials.

The variety of materials to be processed with Brückner technologies, from clothing fabrics to nonwovens to carpets, glass or coatings, has never been limited.

Brückner can offer new concepts in the field of continuous dyeing. Brückner, which also has new solutions in the field of multi-layer stenters, has invested a lot in the denim industry and has also increased its personnel. The German market leader offers integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing, synthetic resin finishing and coating.

Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner

We interviewed Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner, for the ‘German Special Section’ of our Tekstil Teknoloji magazine. Saying that, “Turkey is one of our most important market for many years” Ruckh, continued as follows; “We signed a contract for a big project with the world-famous carpet manufacturer Dinarsu.”

How was 2019 for your company and what are the company’s plans for 2020? What are your expansion plans?

2019 was a year of division for us. The first half of the year was much quieter than the years before. Due to the global economic situation, many customers were cautious about new investments. The most constant thing at that time was uncertainty, which made a proper planning almost impossible for us. We were hoping for the ITMA in Barcelona in June. And the fair really gave us a boost again. Many visitors came with new and specific projects, others wanted to modernize or upgrade existing machines and everybody was of course interested in our innovations and highlights. In the meantime, we are back on course for further growth and are looking confidently into the year 2020.

Two years ago, our new production plant in Tittmoning in southern Germany was inaugurated. Here we have the possibility to build very heavy and also much larger machine components than before. The expanded space allows us to build machines for research and development purposes or to test customer systems before they leave our factory. In addition we are able to react much more flexible to the increasingly special customer requirements and this often gives us a considerable competitive advantage.

How important is the Turkish market to your company and how much business is carried out here?

Turkey has been one of our most important markets for many years. With our long-standing agency Inter Tekstil in Istanbul, we feel very well represented here and we also have a local team of installers and a large spare parts warehouse. So we are always on the spot when a customer needs support or a wear part needs to be replaced quickly. The year 2020 has just begun and we have already sold some machines to Turkey. Among others we finalized a contract for a major project with the world-renowned carpet manufacturer Dinarsu. Established in 1955 in Istanbul, DINARSU is today the number one company in the Turkish carpet industry. With targeted investments and a wide range of products the company takes solid steps towards being a world brand. DINARSU is the first tufting carpet manufacturer in Turkey holding CE certificate and the first and only manufacturer to offer a picture quality production with a 400 dpi resolution. The German machine manufacturer BRÜCKNER has already delivered some lines to DINARSU in the past years. Recently a further major order for several lines for the latex back coating of tufted carpets was finalized. The delivery of the first line is planned for summer 2020, others will follow at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.

What trends are you currently seeing in the textile machinery industry?

After the global economy weakened considerably last year, we are currently seeing an upward trend in the textile industry. There will be a lot of movement in the future, especially in the area of technical textiles or even nonwovens, as new materials and technologies are constantly developed in this sector. The coating or functionalisation of textiles will also be a major topic in the future. The term Industry 4.0 is also on everyone’s lips at the moment. We have developed a lot of new features in this area and presented it for the first time at ITMA 2019. Worth mentioning here, among others, is a new user-friendly visualisation of our machines, intelligent assistance systems for monitoring maintenance intervals or a new simulation tool for energy-optimised production.

What industrial and economic challenges are currently impacting your company and how is your company responding to them?

There are several challenges to be overcome, the most recent one is of course the spread of the corona virus. It is no longer just an issue in China, but in the meantime for the entire global economy, because China is a large market for the global textile industry. Our flexibility when travelling is currently limited, trade fairs in Asia are postponed or cancelled and therefore discussions and business transactions are also postponed to an uncertain time.

Another challenge is the increasingly complexity of requirements of our customers. Almost every order is a very special one and an individual project that we cannot pull out of the drawer. Here it is necessary to work very closely with the customer and in the end to present a solution that is perfectly suited to his needs. Fortunately, we have a large number of long-standing employees who contribute technological know-how and decades of experience. We therefore feel well prepared for the future and are looking forward to the coming challenges.

Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI

Ajman University Develops Garment System to Help Autistic People

Two lecturers at Ajman University (AU) have developed a smart garment ecosystem which can determine the wearer’s stress level and trigger clothes and accessories’ functionalities accordingly to help understand and better control overwhelming situations and emotions.

This may help in monitoring physiological parameters indicating stress in autistic people.

The system ‘Sensewear’, has been developed by Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, lecturers with the Department of Interior Design, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Ajman University.

“Through a comfortable, wearable and customisable tech solution embedding textile sensors, we will be able to constantly monitor selected physiological parameters revealing a stressful condition,” Corti said.

The system comprises a sensing unit, a smart t-shirt, embedding textile sensors connected to an electronic device and satellite garments that embed the therapeutic functionalities. “An app for smartphone and tablet will help in visualising the wearer condition facing different situations, record data and progress with the scope of monitoring the wearer,” Corti said.

Corti and Parati have been awarded the top prize at Gitex Future Starts for this pioneering product.

AU lecturers were inspired by the senses and therapies applied to the Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) that is a common condition in autism where “the natural interface to the outside world is often impaired preventing a regular interaction with people and environment.” Anxiety, stress and panic attack – some of the autism’s symptoms – proved to be affecting a variety of people without disabilities, she added. “We realised that garments can have a positive impact on a bigger audience.”

The product has been and will be continuously developed in cooperation with autistic children, their families and their therapists, she pointed out. “Autistic children bear a load of emotions, but often find it difficult to control them and to make them understandable for the people who care about them.”

Unobtrusive measurement of physiological parameters will give indication of the stress level of the individual in real-time alarming guardians and therapist in case of detected emergency. They will also give an instant assessment of therapies’ benefits.

Bcnonwovens Expanding Capacity to Meet Growing Customer Needs

BCNonwovens is investing into a new production line, machine hall and warehouse at its Sant Quinti de Mediona (Barcelona) plant to meet growing needs from customers globally.

The investment comprises a state-of-the-art production line and necessary auxiliary equipment to position BCNonwovens for current and changing requirements in the market place. The investment is a logical next step in the company’s customer centric growth strategy to help customers succeed in their respective businesses with world class product quality, service levels and innovation.

The increased capacity will allow the company to further broaden the product portfolio and accelerate innovation for both high volume and specialty customers alike.

Expected start up for the new line is in early 2021.