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ITMA (held most recently in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023 ) served to showcase the current key trends among machinery builders—increasing automation, machines designed to make composite reinforcements and the increasing need to process recycled textile waste, and how they will shape the future of the textile manufacturing industry, writes James Bakewell.

2023 sees IFG International Fibres Group is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its launch of a fibre made from the biopolymer polylactic acid (PLA). Here, the company describes the benefits of the biodegradable thermoplastic for the production of fibres, the research and development work it has undertaken over the last ten years, and the role that PLA could play in the future of the technical textiles industry.

Founded in 1880 and with its headquarters in Belgium, Bekaert describes itself as a global market and technology leader in the material science of steel wire-transformation and coating technologies, and has 27 000 employees. In recent years, the company has been finding innovative applications for its metal/metal-alloy yarns in smart textiles, reports James Bakewell. 

Suppliers of chemicals and builders of machinery for the finishing, and the coating and laminating of technical textiles will present technologies designed to minimise the environmental impact of manufacturing processes at ITMA (to be held in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023). James Bakewell picks out some highlights.

Manufacturers of machinery for knitting and weaving save their big announcements for ITMA (to be held in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023) and while many will announce developments in software for the automation of their machines and their connection over the Internet, developments in hardware remain key, according to James Bakewell.

Technical Textiles International’s preview of ITMA (in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023) concludes with the latest developments in software, and auxiliary equipment and machinery. James Bakewell picks his highlights.

James Bakewell continues Technical Textiles International’s preview of ITMA (in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023) by selecting his highlights from the latest developments to be exhibited by machinery manufacturers for the production of high-performance nonwovens.

Like the rest of the technical textiles industry, producers of fibres, filaments and yarns are facing price pressures, skill shortages, and stringent environmental regulations and legislation. At ITMA (8–14 June 2023 in Milan, Italy), manufacturers of machinery for this sector will present innovative solutions to these problems. James Bakewell selects some of the most interesting developments.

Changes in the automotive industry and the increasing adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles could create significant opportunities for producers of composites reinforced with, and nonwovens made from, carbon fibres. Two companies in Germany are positioning themselves to capitalise, reports Nonwovens Editor Adrian Wilson.

A US start-up company has ambitious plans for its durable zinc nanoparticle-based treatments that can be used to make antimicrobial, odour-resistant or ultraviolet radiation-shielding textiles. US Correspondent John McCurry reports.