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DORNIER and DITF launch
face mask project

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eaving machine manufacturer Lindauer
DORNIER, the German Institutes for Textile and
Fibre Research (DITF) and additional partners
from the region including the Hohenstein Test Institute
have launched a project to develop reusable medical
face masks based on high-precision air jet weaving
technology. DITF researchers will focus on " readyto-wear " one-piece masks made of high-performance
precision fabric woven in a jacquard weaving technique.
According to initial calculations, the manufacturing costs
are six to eight cents per mask and provide a realistic
basis for mass production. The initiative creates the
prerequisites for setting up the development, testing,
approval, start-up production and cleaning service for
reusable medical face masks within four to six months.

Epson announced that it has won two
PRINTING United Alliance 2020 Product
of the Year Awards. The SureColor® F6370
won in the " Roll-to-Roll Dye-Sublimation
on Metal " category and the SureColor
F10070 won in the " Roll-to-Roll DyeSublimation on Textile ($50K-$100K) "
category. Previously called the SGIA
Product of the Year awards, this marks
the sixth consecutive year the Epson
SureColor F-Series dye-sublimation
printer line has received the award.
Jones Family of Companies Inc. has
acquired Rontex America LLC. The
acquisition is the latest strategic initiative
for the Jones Family of Companies as
it strengthens its capabilities in its core
nonwovens markets, including sleep
products, packaging, acoustics, building
materials and floor products, while
expanding into other key engineered
and technical performance nonwovens
sectors. Rontex America will continue to
operate out of its Amherst, N.H., facility,
which will allow distribution of Jones
products in the northeast region.

Hans-Jürgen Schmidt (left), DORNIER's commercial director, and Lars Öller, head
of the Weaving Machine Technology Center, show a face mask prototype that can
be woven in one piece on DORNIER jacquard weaving machines. Photo: DORNIER.

Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG),
which owns sales and distribution
businesses in the global pulp, paper,
tissue, packaging, wood products and
metals industries, has announced
that its Central National division will
expand its product offering to include
nonwovens and fibers. The new category
includes viscose and lyocell, the plantbased fibers used in textiles, nonwovens
and other products. These fibers are
alternatives to fossil fuel-based fibers
and will help reduce the impact of singleuse plastics on the environment.
MMI Textiles Inc., a supplier of
industrial and custom fabrics and
textile components based in Westlake,
Ohio, will open a 30,000-square-foot
production facility in Lenoir, N.C., to
begin producing select narrow fabrics
during the first quarter of 2021. The
new facility will focus on manufacturing
and printing narrow fabrics, including
a full line of mil-spec webbing and
binding tape products.

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has launched its
new Solutions Group that aims to help
manufacturers struggling with issues
such as time-consuming manual
processes, high scrap rate and wasted
material and rising production costs.
The new group will provide consultation
on new product development as well as
manufacturing process improvement,
custom machinery and assembly service.
In addition to increased productivity
and reduced inventory, YKK Solutions
Group customers can expect improved
ergonomics for employees and a more
sustainable operation as waste and
energy are reduced.
Seaman Corp. has appointed Susan
Meade to vice president of human
resources. Meade is a 10-year veteran
with Seaman Corp. and has been a key
contributor in many aspects of the human
resource function, most recently serving
as senior manager of compensation
and benefits. Prior to joining Seaman,
she worked at Dometic Corp. and
Bauer Ladder.

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