Two events, Techtextil and Texprocess, have brought together 1818 exhibitors from 59 countries and about 47000 visitors from 116 countries.
The joint international platform offered solutions for the widest variety of technical textile applications. The exhibitors seemed to be trying to impress the users and anticipate their requests.
Basalt fiber in textile solutions
Basalt fiber and basalt fiber based products, technologies and processes, machinery and scientific developments were presented by both well-established companies & institutions and newcomers to the market. OK, let’s review these participants of the TT 2019.
DBF-Deutsche Basalt Faser GmbH, an experienced German manufacturer of basalt fiber and basalt composite materials, showcased product samples and flexible approach to customers’ requirements.
JSC Polotsk-Steklovolokno, one of the leading manufacturers of glass and basalt fibers in the world, demonstrated a line of basalt fiber products.
Güth & Wolf GmbH founded in 1887 but staying on the cutting edge of innovation supplies tapes, strings, cords and other products which also include basalt fiber.
Italy-based FTS – Fiber e Tessuti Speciali SpA offers basalt mesh for earthquake-proof textile reinforcements, which is especially important for regions with frequent earthquakes. We have already informed our audience about the CoBRA project, when basalt mesh reinforced walls were tested for the stability to earth-quaking.
Machina-TST from Belorus focuses on geosynthetic materials and technical textile. The product range includes DUALTEX BASALT, two ply geocomposite with basalt geogrid; LIGRIL, basalt fiber based construction reinforcing mesh; ASPHALTEX BASALT, biaxial geogrid made of basalt roving.
Zhejiang DWD Enviromental Technology features a board range of technical non-woven textile for use in various applications, in particular basalt needle-punch mats.
Fulcoline GmbH & Co. KG presents a catalog of technical textile that includes flame-retardant, incombustible materials, based on basalt fibre-polymer-composites. A fire-resistant, flexible and lightweight composite made of basalt fiber and silicon-based organic polymer was developed in cooperation with the research institute Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK).
This composite material meets the fire resistance class A2 – DIN 13501 for building materials and can be applied where the requirements for fire protection are extremely high, especially when the elements serve as fire-retardant walls as well.
Fiberlane GmbH & Co. KG offers an impressive range of diverse technical textiles designed for a wide variety of applications. Basalt and hybrid fabrics are offered for lightweight reinforced plastics used in the construction and automotive.
Switzerland-located Basalt Fibertec GmbH demonstrates not only a wide range of services related to the development, production and distribution of basalt fiber and basalt fiber-based products, but also cooperation with international institutions and companies on several research projects on developing the framework for commercial application of basalt products in the fields of roads, tunnels and bridges construction.
French specialist for technical yarns, Billion Mayor Industrie et Sofila offeres twisted, covered, texturized yarns produced mainly of continuous basalt, polyester & polyamide HT, viscose, aramid, glass, stainless steel fibers etc.
Moulinage du Plouy arrived at the trade show from France. Founded in 1964, the company quickly established itself as the European leader in effect yarns for the lace and home textile markets. Currently, Moulinage du Plouy is an ideal partner for technical textile manufacturers, producing basalt, carbon, aramid, elastane, glass and other fiber types.
Yet another France representative – is CANOE, a R&D center specialized in formulation and manufacturing techniques for the development of finished and semi-finished products in the field of composites and advanced materials from various fiber types, including basalt.
Hiltex Industrial Fabrics Pvt Ltd – is a composite textile mill located in India, which has its own Spinning, Weaving, Processing, Waxing, Coating and Laminating facilities. It is a supplier of textile produced from basalt and other fiber types for sports, transportation, military applications, including waterproof, fire-resistant and laminated fabrics.
GF Machinery located in Czech Republic manufactures textile machinery used for technical processing of glass, basalt fibers, etc.
VÚTS a.s. came from Czech Republic as well featuring both textile and weaving machinery. It presented equipment for the processing industry and a complex set of services from the research and development, design processing to the implementation of a complete technological unit. VÚTS deals with a wide range of fibers including basalt.
Dietze & Schell Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG from Germany is a well-known producer of high quality winders and yarn refining machines for the textile, glass fibre and composite industry, including converting machinery for prepreg and nonwovens from different fiber types including basalt.
Dr. Günther Kast GmbH & Co. Technische Gewebe (KAST-Group) is a manufacturer of technical textiles from basalt, carbon, glass, cotton and further yarns as well as reinforced papers. The producer offers both standard solutions and custom-made developments.
Onse Kompozit A.S. (Turkey) exhibited fire & flame retardant fabrics, silica fabrics and basalt fabrics. They are used to produce insulating non-flammable products, protective clothing.
Pierret Industries SPRL from Belgium showcased guillotine cutting machines and other machinery mainly used for textile preparation and soft plastic waste recycling. The producer says their machines can also be used for special applications such as high precision short cut, reinforcement, etc. Pierret machines handle most textile and soft plastic materials as well as special fibers (basalt, glass, carbon, aramid, stainless steel, Dyneema®, Spectra® etc.
Another representative of Belgian textile industry, VdS Weaving Nv, brought in woven technical solutions from basalt, polyester, poliamide, polypropylene, Dyneema, HDPE, PTFE, glass, aramide, vectran, Zyon, conductive, antistatic yarns. These fabrics are mainly used as reinforcing or separation materials, for example, for transport, belt conveyors, motor boats, boats, power sector, water filtration, composites production, electronics, human protection, agriculture, and a lot more.
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) attracted great attention with their booth featuring Research & Development, Testing & Certification, Education & Training as well as Transfer to industry. The STFI researches nonwovens, technical textiles, textile lightweight engineering, functionalisation, digitisation & Industry 4.0. It is the Saxon Institute that took an active part in the development of the standard for basalt fibers DIN SPEC 25714, introduced on September 1, 2017.
Spengler & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG demonstrated a set of technical fabrics for special uses (Buildtech, Agrotech, Indutech, Mobiltech), some of them are made of basalt fiber.
The Cetex Institute along with IST and IFK institutes of Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany) showcased new process approaches and materials developments for the mass production of fiber-reinforced lightweight structures.
Cetex Institute is the governing body of the ZIM RESSOURCETEX cooperation network, which consists of twelve companies and three research institutes working together to develop intelligent solutions for the continuous production of resource-efficient textile semi-finished products and semi-finished products made of fiber-reinforced plastics, as well as for recycling concepts of fiber residues and recycled carbon fibers and mineral fibers.
The presentation focused on a process for the highly flexible, continuous and effective production of hybrid rovings and hybrid tapes. The system technology enables a completely free combination of reinforcing fibers and matrix fibers to form application-adapted hybrid rovings and tapes. At the booth, appropriately produced materials were exhibited.
VEBA, textilní závody a.s. from Check Republic made a presentation of their advances in the research and development of 2D, 3D and multiaxial woven structures of technical fibres for a wide range of applications in various industries. The company processes such materials as cotton, viscose and synthetic fibres as well as basalt, aramid and carbon. Composite materials based on such textile can be used in aviation, building, defence industries, for vehicles and “whatever you can imagine”, as states VEBA with ease.
TISSA Glasweberei AG (Switzerland) that has been producing technical fabrics for over 50 years, presented its experience. The company product range comprises unidirectional, bidirectional and non-crimp fabrics, multi-layer fabrics, open mesh and multifunctional hybrid fabrics made of basalt fiber and different types of glass, carbon and aramid fibers.
Belgium-based 3D Weaving demonstrated expertise in the production of 3D woven fabrics by arranging a presentation with photos and videos where they presented their products and applications. Each fabric is customized according to the requests of an individual customer. As for fiber choice, 3D Weaving has long experience in working with basalt and glass fibers, and a lot of natural (cotton, flex, hemp, sisal) and synthetic (HT-PES, PA, aramid, UHMWPE) yarns.
Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University presented MoonFibre project focuses on the production of basalt fiber from lunar regolith. This is a hot topic that is in high demand in the context of mankind’s plans to conquer the closest neighbors in the Solar System. Basalt fiber can be a basis for manufacturing almost everything that colonizers might need on Mars or the Moon. Well, except for food, of course …
Technology of 3-D printing the habitats on other planets with application of basalt fiber produced from local volcanic rocks has recently won the NASA’s 3D Printing Habitat Challenge. However, German scientists have their own view on basalt composites and don’t plan to use 3-D printers, supported in this idea by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Current trends at Techtextil and Texprocess: digitalization and sustainable development
A lot of attention was focused on digital solutions in the textile industry, from fully networked production lines in the form of micro-factories and machines capable of autonomous learning to cloud-based collaboration between designers, product developers, manufactures and retailers across national boundaries.
In the concept of Industry 4.0, the interaction between consumers, software suppliers and hardware manufacturers will only deepen. These processes have already been traced in the context of the TT 2019.
Sustainable development was a priority. Both trade shows focused on exhibitors’ approach to reducing wastes, impact on environment and recycling problem. Techtextil Innovation Award was given in the sustainability category.
One of the market leaders in textile machinery, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH, in addition to its core competencies, featured its digital brand KM.ON, whose digital solutions help the customers to network their production and make it more intelligent. Leaders remain leaders precisely because they pick up fresh trends in time.
Basalt fiber wins new adherents
Our NPD Team came back with groundbreaking ideas from Techtextil. We’re now looking to add basalt yarns to our woven portfolio! We offer custom-made solutions and our scrims can be tailor-made to your specific requirements. Contact our Technical Team today to discuss your ideas and requirements,
posted James Dewhurst Ltd. in LinkedIn. And another post sums up all the advantages of basalt fiber and basalt fiber-based materials:
Why have we decided to include basalt yarns into our product range? Below are some characteristics and uses of this unusual yarn. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact our NPD Team today:
• Good adhesion characteristics for coatings
• Non-combustible and fire-resistant
• Excellent tensile strength
• Maintains integrity at temperatures up to 1800F/982C
• Resistant to electromagnetic radiation
Basalt Fabrics can be used for high-performance applications:
• Fire curtains for fire protection and containment
• Wall laminate to enhance burn-through times to meet building codes and regulations
• Filtration material for industrial emission stacks and bag-houses
• Roof protection from fire devastation
• Fireproof clothing
• Reinforcement in composites
• Electromagnetic shields
This seems like a good place to stop our coverage of Techtextil and Texprocess 2019 and we start to wait for the next event that will be held in Messe Frankfurt, May 4 – 7, 2021.