To provide world-class mixing technology and foam generatorsto textile customers in India and Bangladesh, A.T.E. has joined hands with Beba Mischtechnik GmbH,Germany,one of the leading manufacturers of mixers and foam generators in Germany as A.T.E. will now be Beba’s exclusive sales and service agents in India and Bangladesh.


Beba Mischtechnik has been offering the know-how of innovative mixing technologies to all industries for over 50 years. Beba manufactures compulsory and foam mixers for various textile processing applications. Its mixers are known to be quick, dynamic, and effective. The foam generators from Bebaproduce the right quantity of high quality foam using patented and unique oscillating technology.


The company offers a series of mixers which are suitable either for small production outputs or for experiments in laboratory.Beba’sBM series mixers homogenise the gas/air and medium by oscillating movements of the mixer head and the inertia of the mixture.The BT series of mixers have a rotor-stator-system for customers requiring an output range beyond that of the oscillating mixer head.




A.T.E. has over 75 yearsof experiencein providing end-to-end solutions to the textile industry. The partnership between A.T.E. and Beba will immensely benefit the Indian and Bangladesh textile industries, as the expertise from these two leading groups will give customers a sustainable competitive advantage.



Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has appointed a new head of Corporate Development. Dr. Jens-Christian Blad (39) will assume responsibility for the group function by September 1, 2017, at the latest. 

Blad studied chemistry in Kiel, obtained his doctorate in Muenster and is regarded by many in the industry as a specialty chemicals expert. He has been with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company since 2006, where he is in charge of the “Megatrends-supported growth in chemicals” initiative and a member of the Chemicals Practice. 


Following the closing of the acquisition of US-based chemical company Chemtura, the current head of Corporate Development, Dr. Markus Eckert (46), has assumed responsibility for the new Urethane Systems business unit. Until his successor begins his new role, Eckert will remain responsible for the group function, in addition to his new role.



“I am delighted we have secured the appointment of Jens-Christian Blad, a recognized industry expert and an experienced consultant, to lead the group function and help us press ahead with our realignment,” said LANXESS Board of Management Chairman Matthias Zachert. “On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank Markus Eckert for his outstanding work and wish him continued success in his new area of responsibility,” he added.



Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has appointed a new head of Corporate Development. Dr. Jens-Christian Blad (39) will assume responsibility for the group function by September 1, 2017, at the latest. 

Blad studied chemistry in Kiel, obtained his doctorate in Muenster and is regarded by many in the industry as a specialty chemicals expert. He has been with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company since 2006, where he is in charge of the “Megatrends-supported growth in chemicals” initiative and a member of the Chemicals Practice. 


Following the closing of the acquisition of US-based chemical company Chemtura, the current head of Corporate Development, Dr. Markus Eckert (46), has assumed responsibility for the new Urethane Systems business unit. Until his successor begins his new role, Eckert will remain responsible for the group function, in addition to his new role.



“I am delighted we have secured the appointment of Jens-Christian Blad, a recognized industry expert and an experienced consultant, to lead the group function and help us press ahead with our realignment,” said LANXESS Board of Management Chairman Matthias Zachert. “On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank Markus Eckert for his outstanding work and wish him continued success in his new area of responsibility,” he added.



Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Board of Management: effective June 1, 2017, Stephen C. Forsyth (61), a British citizen, will serve as Chief Integration Officer responsible for integrating the Chemtura businesses into the Cologne-based company. LANXESS acquired the U.S. chemical company in April 2017. This newly created position is limited to one year.

Forsyth has more than 35 years of management experience in the chemical industry. Since 2007 he has acted as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chemtura and in that time has played a decisive role in developing Chemtura into a profitable company. Prior to that, he worked 27 years for the materials company Hexcel Corporation, holding various positions. There, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1996, having previously worked as Vice President International Operations, heading up the business outside the United States. Forsyth holds an MBA from the London Business School.



LANXESS Supervisory Board Chairman Dr. Rolf Stomberg says: “The integration of the new specialty additives, urethanes and organometallics businesses takes top priority at LANXESS. In Stephen Forsyth we have brought an expert on board who together with the other members of the Board of Management will rapidly make this integration a success. The Supervisory Board wishes him every success in his new position.” 


 By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


(Lubbock, USA, May 26, 2017)-Biological cells embedded suits that adapt to changes in moisture have been designed.


Researchers at Cambridge, USA-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created breathable workout suit with flaps for better moisture control. The interesting feature is that the flaps are lined up with live biological cells that shrink and enlarge with the changes in the environmental humidity.


Additional product with similar technology is a sport shoe, which has been designed by the researchers.


The cells used can be designed using genetic engineering and are safe, according to the researchers. The suits can be functionalized to enable them to be color sensitive such as fluorescence and release pleasant odor when working out in the gym.


According to researchers led by Wen Wang, former research scientist at MIT’s Chemical Engineering, the cells are strong and can be coated on to fabrics.


Common nonpathogenic E. coli strain has been used, which shrink and swell with variations in humidity. These were then cell printed onto natural rubber latex. The cell lined latex was used to develop flaps which were tailored to the workout suit.



The work was recently published in the journal Science Advances and involved true multidisciplinary expertise involving fashion design, mechanical, chemical and bio engineering disciplines. The team collaborated with New Balance Athletics.


Specialty chemicals group LANXESS has announced the successful completion of a project which increases the capacity of its Emerald Innovation 3000 flame retardant production unit. The debottlenecking project increases the sustainable output from 10,000 to 14,000 MT per year.


Polystyrene insulating foam makers are switching from using HBCD (hexabromcyclododecan) flame retardants to more sustainable alternatives such as LANXESS Emerald Innovation 3000. “About 50 percent of global demand has already adopted the new technology,” says Anno Borkowsky, Head of LANXESS’s Additives business unit (ADD). The business with Emerald Innovation 3000 was taken over by LANXESS as part of the acquisition of US company Chemtura, which was successfully completed in April 2017.


“With global commitment from foam producers to eliminate HBCD use by 2021, the polymeric brominated flame retardant supply base must be capable of supporting necessary customer conversion and certification activities over the next few years with sufficient supply and technical support,“ explains John Davidson, EVP bromine solutions business with ADD. “LANXESS is committed to helping customers switch and to further increasing the reliable supply of the most sustainable technology for construction markets.”



Emerald Innovation 3000 is manufactured at LANXESS’s El Dorado, Arkansas (USA) facilities. Recently announced was the opening of a new 11,000 square-foot pilot plant at the company’s South Plant facility which will support development of new and improved flame retardant products.



Ingersoll Rand®, a global leader in compression technologies and services, today introduced newmodels to itsline of Next Generation R-Series oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors,whichprovide a more energy-efficient solution for customers with high capacity air requirements.The RS200 to RS250 models rotary screw air compressor will reduce energy cost by approximately 10% for large manufacturing facilities.


TheRS200 to RS250 modelsareavailable withthe new, state-of-the-art single-stage airend, or the two-stage airendthat increases airflow by up to 16 percent. The new fixed-speed modelsare10 percent more efficient compared tolegacy products, while the variable speed option is up to 35 percent more efficient compared to the industry average.


Commenting on the launch, Amar Kaul, Chairman and Managing Director, Ingersoll Rand India Limited said, “Around the world, businesses turn to Ingersoll Rand to redefine reliability and efficiency. The next generation R-series will help our customers do just that by delivering world class efficiency, increase up time and deliver the right solution for operational excellence. The new series will enable our customers in India to be more competitive in the global environment by boosting their productivity with a state of the art airend that delivers as much as 15% improved efficiency and 16% greater airflow capacity. The IE3 premium efficiency motor will help deliver significant energy savings and the optional variable speed drive (VSD) will further decrease energy demands. With the launch of next generation R-Series, we continue to push the edge of innovation to help our customers achieve real business results, including cost reductions and lower total cost of ownership.”


“The ability for these compressors to deliver outstanding efficiency without compromising reliability meets the increasing demands of industries to increase productivity while reducing energy use,” saidKevin Kosobud, Portfolio Leader, Oil Flooded Compressors for Compression Technologies and Services at Ingersoll Rand. “Our Next-Generation R-Series RS200 to RS250 models help customers increase overall system reliability and decrease their total cost of ownership with new state-of-the-art features and performance enhancements that save them tens of thousands of rupees.”


Ingersoll Rand has added these models to the Next Generation R-Series portfolio allowing customers who run 24/7 and rely on large amounts of compressed air tohave equipment that is as reliable as their demand. Accordingtointernal testing, efficiency and design improvements on some of the high capacity compressorsdeliver up toINR 23.4 Lakhs energy cost savings over a two-year periodpercompressor compared to previous models[1].

At the core of every Ingersoll Rand Next Generation R-Series compressor is an airend that is specifically designed to improve overall system efficiency. In addition to the enhanced single-stage airend, the RS200 to RS250 models arealso available with the newtwo-stage airend. This two-stage airend is the most efficient airend available today.


Each compressor comes standard with Progressive Adaptive Control (PAC) Protection, VShieldTM technology, floating coolers and Ultra Coolant. These featureshelp keep equipment running efficiently and maximize uptime for facilities that are manufacturing around the clock.


-       PAC Protectionis a unique algorithm developed by Ingersoll Rand and is integrated in the controls system within each compressor. The system monitors key performance parameters for when consumable partsare nearing the end of their life,or if operating temperatures are reachingdesign limits. In these situations, the controls adjust the parameters to keep the machine running without overloading the motor, preventing unnecessary shutdown.

-       V-Shield technology safeguards all critical fittings by securing them with o-ring face seals in a method that is largely free from distortion. Leaks are virtually eliminated, meaning performance isn’t sacrificed, regardless of how many reconnections are made.

-       The floating cooling system from Ingersoll Randcontains heat exchangerswith finger-tight connectionsso they can expand and contract as needed. This new design improves overall system reliability, because welded connections reduce the ability for heat exchangers to expand and contract, which is the number one reason they fail.

-       Ultra Coolant is formulated to last up to 8,000 hours, which is twice as long as other rotary lubricants. Ultra Coolant keeps compressors running at peak performance, minimizing downtime and lowering lifecycle costs.


All Next Generation R-Series air compressors are equipped with Xe-series controllers, which allow easy,intuitive access to, and control of, the compressed air system. The Xe145 controller has built-in performance analysis and graphical trending, as well as built-in sequencing for up to four compressors.


For more information on the Ingersoll Rand Next Generation R-Seriesair compressors, visit
www.ingersollrandproducts.comor contact your local service representative.


About Ingersoll Rand

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global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Ingersoll Rand products range from complete compressed air and gas systems and services, to power tools, material handling and fluid management systems. The diverse and innovative products, services and solutions enhance our customers' energy efficiency, productivity and operations. For more information, visit or


About Ingersoll Rand in India

Ingersoll Rand is committed to India and is implementing strategies for product innovation and design for Industrial Technologies; Food Safety; Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. The company is based out of 21 locations in the country. Ingersoll Rand believes that Innovation for emerging economies is critical for products to succeed in these markets. The company has two world class manufacturing facilities at Naroda and Sahibabad; and Engineering and Technology Centers at Bangalore and Chennai. Ingersoll–Rand (India) Limited is listed on the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. For more information,




Held on 22nd &23rd May 2017  at Ashoka Convention Hall,Manekshaw Centre, Parade Road, Delhi Cantt - 110010


The 3rd Defence,  ITTA (Indian Technical Textile Association) Joint Seminar cum exhibition was inaugurated by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Govt of India, on May 22 at Manekshaw Centre. General Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief and senior officials from the Defence Services, MoD, MOT and technical textile Industry were present at the function.


The two days Seminar on 22nd & 23rd May 2017 included various topics related to innovations in protective clothing and uniforms along with medical, building, geo textiles, tentage and load carrying fabrics. Extreme cold weather clothing, light weight sleeping bags, special snow socks, snow goggles, thermal insoles and rucksacks  that are used at Siachen Glacier and other super high altitude areas were also covered. Industry showcased these products manufactured in India at a much cheaper price without effecting the quality.


The Hon’ble Minister of Textiles talked about the need to explore the advanced R&D facilities for improving the existing inventory of the Army. She assured assistance from the  Ministry, while reiterated the need for the industry to explore various business models and joint ventures. She  further talked about the distinction between ‘supplying’ and ‘serving’ and how the industry should strive to ‘serve our defence forces’.  She also told that the NTC (National Technical Cooperation) will set up high tech fibre manufacturing facility, which are currently being imported, and  also develop  specialised  product range for the armed forces.



 Genral Bipin Rawat shared that the joint initiatives between the Textile Ministry, MoD and industry that will assume great significance if the principal items of Ordnance Equipment Factory (OEF) will be offered to the Trade on a permanent basis over the next 3 to 5 years. He said, “There is huge budget with the Army that has been spent on textiles. It is high time that we look for the indigenous solutions “.


 Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar, Master General of Ordnance (MGO) apprised the delegates of specific areas where improvements were needed. He urged the industry for early indigenisation of the three layered special suits, sleeping bags, boots, muti-purpose and modular gloves that are being used in the super high altitude areas besides products improvement for Extreme Cold Clothing (ECC), mattress kapok, face mask, etc. The MGO reiterated that the industry has a lot of scope for participating in the Rs 3000 crore general stores and clothing requirements.



On behalf of the technical textile industry,  Mr Pramod Khosla, Chairman ITTA and Dr KS Sundararajan, Vice Chairman, ITTA assured the Army officials of their constant support. Stalls from various business houses manufacturing and dealing with technical textiles and Army’s present clothing and general stores inventory were exhibited. 


A collective display at concluding day of SAC annual member meeting


With a purpose to promote sustainability in the country’s textile industry, India’s leading lifestyle and fashion conglomerate, Arvind Limited has today showcased its sustainable collection of clothing through a fashion show. The successful showcase was held on the side-lines of Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) annual member meeting in Bangalore. The display included sustainable collection of products by Arvind such as Denim, tops, shirts, Khadi clothes etc.


A beautifully choreographed event by Bangalore-based renowned fashion stylist and choreographer Prasad Bidapa was witnessed by around 250 guests from leading brands, manufacturers, NGOs and Academia. A 45-minutes fashion showcase was divided into three brief segments in order to present a comprehensive sustainability-focused product portfolio by Arvind Limited. The first part emphasised on sustainable input material that includes clothes manufactured by using environment-friendly cotton, recycled polyester etc. The second segment focused on various practices that play a significant role in producing sustainable garments. And, the last piece promoted the Indian craftsmanship approach by showcasing clothing made from Khadi and local handlooms. Production of such products carries a huge demand overseas; hence this can become a significant part of Indian textile export industry.



On the successful completion of the event,Mr.PunitLalbhai – Executive Director, Arvind Limited said,“Sustainability is the new buzz word in the textile industry worldwide and it has always been our key-focus area. With our strong research and development team,it has always been our constant endeavour to innovate new apparel manufacturing techniques. Today, thanks to SAC annual meeting, we got an opportunity to showcase an entire range of sustainable clothing.”


Also present at the event,Mr.Ashish Kumar – CEO, Shirts, Arvind Limited said, “In current times, Sustainability has become need of the hour and we all should take necessary steps to make our environment pollution free. We take immense pride in today’s fashion showcase, wherein we could display a variety of our clothing manufactured by using environment-friendly products and practices.”



Arvind Limited has also received Asia's Best First Time Sustainability Report awardat the recently concluded 2016 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) in Singapore. Arvind was also declared joint winner in the Asia’s Best Materiality Reporting category where it shared the award with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.


About Arvind Limited


Arvind Limited is one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel companies with a strong retail presence. Arvind is also the pioneer of denim in India with a turnover of around US$1.3 billion in FY2015-16. Arvind has an unmatched portfolio of owned, licensed brands and retail formats. The company’s own product brands include Megamart (recently rebranded as Unlimited), Flying Machine, Colt, Ruggers, Excalibur among others while its licensed product brands have big global names like GAP, Arrow, Gant, Izod, Elle, Cherokee, US Polo Assn, TheChildren’s Place and Sephora, to name a few. It has a joint venture in India with global majors Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.




Shipments of long-staple spindles and open-end rotors were up, while those of short-staple spindles were down.Shipments of draw-texturing spindles and circular-knitting machines decreased, while those of shuttle-less looms and electronic flat knitting machines increased.


Deliveries of new long-staple spindles and open-end rotors soared by nearly 111% and 66%, respectively from 2015 to 2016. The number of shipped short-staple spindles decreased in 2016 by 12% compared to the previous year. The number of shipped draw-texturing spindles fell by 14% and shipments for new circular knitting machines by 3% year-on-year. In contrast, deliveries of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99% in 2016. In the segment of finishing machines (fabrics continuous), the number of stenters increased in 2016 year-on-year by 22%.


These are the main results of the 39th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) just released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF). The report covers six segments of textile machinery, namely spinning, draw-texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing. The 2016 survey has been compiled in cooperation with more than 140 textile machinery manufacturers, representing a comprehensive measure of world production. This number does not include the numerous Chinese companies that are represented by the so called “District”. Therefore, the amount of participating companies is likely to be around 200.


Spinning Machinery


Shipments of new short-staple spindles fell by nearly 12% year-on-year in 2016, the third decrease in a row. The level of short staple spindles declined to about 7.9 million spindles, the lowest level since 2009. Most of the new short staple sindles (92%) were shipped to Asia, whereby shipments fell by 12% year-on-year. Thereby China, the world’s largest investor of short-staple spindles, experienced an increase of 9%, whereas delieveries to Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam rose by 97%, 4% and 31%, respectively. The six largest investors in short-staple spindles in 2016 where China followed by India, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Turkey and Pakistan.


Global shipments of long-staple (wool) spindles soared by 111% from around 54’000 in 2015 to nearly 114’000 in 2016. Deliveries to Turkey, one of the main investors in long-staple spindles in the last few years, jumed by 153% from just around 11’000 in 2015 to around 27’800 spindles in 2016. The majority of long-staple spindles (60%) were shipped to Europe (including Turkey). Nearly 39% of long-staple spindles had Asia as destination.


Shipments of open-end rotors rose by 66% to a level over 634,000 rotors in 2016. About 92% of worldwide shipments of open-end rotors were destined for Asia. Thereby, deliveries to Asia increased strongly by over 87% to nearly 583’000 rotors. Shipments to China, the world’s largest investor in open-end rotors, increased its investments signifcantly by around 92% in 2016. In contrast, regions such as North America and South America recorded annual percentage declines of 72% and 53%, respectively. The world’s second and third largest investors in 2016 were India and Turkey.


Texturing Machinery


Global shipments of single heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyamide filaments) jumped by 608% from over 1’200 in 2015 to nearly 8’500 in 2016. With a share of 57% Asia is the region where most of the single heater draw-texturing spindles were shipped to, followed by Western Europe with a share of 24% and South Amercia with a share of 19%.


In the segment of double heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyester filaments) the downward trend continued and global shipments fell by 17% on an annual basis to over 268’000 spindles. Asia’s share of worldwide shipments amounted to close to 84%. Thereby, China remained the largest investor accounting for 58% of global shipments.


Weaving Machinery

In 2016, worldwide shipments of shuttle-less looms increased by 4% to 84’700 units. Thereby, shipments of air-jet and water-jet shuttle-less looms increased by 15% (to 22’900) and by 6% (to 31’800), respectively. In contrast, rapier/projectile shuttle-less looms decreased by 6% to around 30’000 units.


Not surprisingly, the main destination of shipments of all shuttle-less looms (air-jet, water-jet and rapier/projectile) in 2016 was Asia with 91% of worldwide deliveries, of which 41% were water-jet looms and 32% rapier/projectile looms. In Europe and North America 73% and 56% of shipments were for rapier/projectile looms, while the share of water-jet looms was only 2% and 7%, respectively.


Circular & Flat Knitting Machinery


Global shipments of large circular knitting machines fell slightly by 3% to a level of around 26’200 units in 2016. Also for this category Asia is the world’s leading investor. 87% of all new circular knitting machines were shipped to Asia in 2016. With 43% of worldwide deliveries China was the single largest investor. India and Bangladesh rank second and third with 4’200 and 2’200 units, respectively.


In 2016 the segment of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99% to around 139,600 machines, the highest level ever. Not surprisingly, Asia received the highest share of shipments (94%). China remained by far the world’s largest investor for flat knitting machines in 2016. Thereby, Chinese investments increased from 35’500 units to 101’550, a global share of 73%.


Finishing Machinery


The 2016 edition of ITMF's International Textile Machinery Shipments Statistics included for the eleventh time also data on finishing machinery. However, the categories were revised in 2015. In the segment fabrics continuous shipments of some machine types increased in 2016 like dyeing-lines (CPB), sanforizing/compacting machines or stenters. In contrast, shipments of washing machines (stand-alone), bleaching-lines, mercerizing-lines and relax drying/tumbling machines decreased. In the segment fabrics discontinuous shipments of air-jet dyeing and jigger/beam dyeing machines fell, whereas those of overflow dyeing machines rose.

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