Festival, football and ITMA

Posted by on set 25, 2011 in ITMA | 0 comments

How does anyone ever get anything done here in Barcelona – especially at the weekend?
Normal rules such as when to go to bed don’t seem to apply and there is always so much to do and see – especially with this ITMA coinciding with the weekend’s Festa de La Mercé, in honour of the city’s patron saint.
Last night – along with around 70,000 other fans – I was privileged to see the Barcelona versus Athletico Madrid football match at the spectacular Nou Camp stadium. Messi’s majestic hat-trick will probably go down in the history books and Barca were showboating throughout, against a far inferior side who never kept the ball for long.
Despite the sporadically heavy rain, there was a sense of spectacle and ritual that made the event feel more like being in an outdoor cathedral than a football ground.
Perhaps not surprisingly then – and because it’s Sunday as well – the ITMA has been a little quieter today.
This morning, chemicals and dyestuffs leader Clariant gave the latest of what are daily presentations on its latest innovations – the company is launching no less than 25 new products here at the show.
Dyeing specialist Helmut Sieber and head of marketing Rainer Roesch introduced Lanasyn Flavine F-5G as the first major innovation in acid dyes in 100 years. As such, it brings a vivid brightness to fabrics, without compromising on wet fastness.
Lanasyn Flavine F-5G builds on the company’s Nylosan range for wool and polyamide without the heavy metals that have been required to achieve such colour intensity with acid dyes in the
past. Among other interesting introductions from Clariant is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect for the new and growing field of ‘cosmetotextiles’, that can be applied to any fabric via microencapsulation and has been developed in a partnership with Lipotec SA.
“Lipotec has great expertise in advanced active ingredients and the encapsulation of cosmetics,” said Mr Roesch. “We have combined their cosmetic expertise with our textile technology to create a product that contributes and provides cosmetic wellness effects without effort on the part of the end user. It’s a win-win development for textile manufacturers and brands and creates almost limitless opportunities for added value textile products.”
The product is available in two versions – Quiospheres Moist provides hydrating and moisturising properties and Quiospheres Slim firmness and wellness.
The application technology of the microcapsules to the fabric is highly controlled and they are distributed evenly across the fabric. They are also protected and unaffected by the impact of handling, mechanical stress and high temperature throughout the production process of the fabric.
Sill in the area of dyeing and finishing, Germany’s Monforts reports tremendous interest in its Eco Booster HRC for stenters here at the show.
“This is more than just a standard heat recovery system,” explains the company’s vice-president of sales and marketing Jochen Stillger. “Its unique selling point is the automatic cleaning control which means the machine doesn’t have to be stopped at all. More than this, the rotating cleaning wheel adjusts automatically to the temperature of the machine, deciding when cleaning is required and to what degree, so the mill no longer has to rely on the operator.”
Another key Monforts introduction is the Eco Applicator for applying chemicals to fabrics. Instead of a conventional padder, application is by roller, which means much less energy is required in the subsequent drying stage.
“Saving energy anywhere it’s possible is driving developments at the moment,” said Monforts vice-president of marketing Klaus Heinrichs, “because there’s only one way energy prices are going and that’s up.”
Mr Heinrichs added that the company has so far been pleasantly surprised at the number and quality of visitors to its stand here in Barcelona – and even on a festive Sunday.

How does anyone ever get anything done here in Barcelona – especially at the weekend?
Normal rules such as when to go to bed don’t seem to apply and there is always so much to do and see – especially with this ITMA coinciding with the weekend’s Festa de La Mercé, in honour of the city’s patron saint.
Last night – along with around 70,000 other fans – I was privileged to see the Barcelona versus Athletico Madrid football match at the spectacular Nou Camp stadium. Messi’s majestic hat-trick will probably go down in the history books and Barca were showboating throughout, against a far inferior side who never kept the ball for long.
Despite the sporadically heavy rain, there was a sense of spectacle and ritual that made the event feel more like being in an outdoor cathedral than a football ground.
Perhaps not surprisingly then – and because it’s Sunday as well – the ITMA has been a little quieter today.
This morning, chemicals and dyestuffs leader Clariant gave the latest of what are daily presentations on its latest innovations – the company is launching no less than 25 new products here at the show.
Dyeing specialist Helmut Sieber and head of marketing Rainer Roesch introduced Lanasyn Flavine F-5G as the first major innovation in acid dyes in 100 years. As such, it brings a vivid brightness to fabrics, without compromising on wet fastness.

Lanasyn Flavine F-5G builds on the company’s Nylosan range for wool and polyamide without the heavy metals that have been required to achieve such colour intensity with acid dyes in the
past. Among other interesting introductions from Clariant is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect for the new and growing field of ‘cosmetotextiles’, that can be applied to any fabric via microencapsulation and has been developed in a partnership with Lipotec SA.“Lipotec has great expertise in advanced active ingredients and the encapsulation of cosmetics,” said Mr Roesch. “We have combined their cosmetic expertise with our textile technology to create a product that contributes and provides cosmetic wellness effects without effort on the part of the end user. It’s a win-win development for textile manufacturers and brands and creates almost limitless opportunities for added value textile products.”
The product is available in two versions – Quiospheres Moist provides hydrating and moisturising properties and Quiospheres Slim firmness and wellness.
The application technology of the microcapsules to the fabric is highly controlled and they are distributed evenly across the fabric. They are also protected and unaffected by the impact of handling, mechanical stress and high temperature throughout the production process of the fabric.

Sill in the area of dyeing and finishing, Germany’s Monforts reports tremendous interest in its Eco Booster HRC for stenters here at the show.

“This is more than just a standard heat recovery system,” explains the company’s vice-president of sales and marketing Jochen Stillger. “Its unique selling point is the automatic cleaning control which means the machine doesn’t have to be stopped at all. More than this, the rotating cleaning wheel adjusts automatically to the temperature of the machine, deciding when cleaning is required and to what degree, so the mill no longer has to rely on the operator.”

Another key Monforts introduction is the Eco Applicator for applying chemicals to fabrics. Instead of a conventional padder, application is by roller, which means much less energy is required in the subsequent drying stage.
“Saving energy anywhere it’s possible is driving developments at the moment,” said Monforts vice-president of marketing Klaus Heinrichs, “because there’s only one way energy prices are going and that’s up.”
Mr Heinrichs added that the company has so far been pleasantly surprised at the number and quality of visitors to its stand here in Barcelona – and even on a festive Sunday.

source: ITMA

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