From international expansion to prototyping technology, the fiber and textile industries continue to mature and evolve.
Lealea Enterprise Company
Lealea is taking on Indonesia’s textile sector.
The Taiwanese polyester filament yarn producer is acquiring PT Taroko’s production plant in Bandung, the Taipei Times reported. PT Taroko will be Lealea’s first overseas textile manufacturing hub and production is set to begin later this year. The acquisition will enable Lealea to tap into the domestic textiles market and access the nation’s duty-free export status in Japan and South Korea.
Lealea will spend up to $50 million for the acquisition. PT Taroko is currently a joint venture between Taipei’s Taroko Textile Co and Formosa Plastics Group subsidiary Nan Ya Plastics Corp. Taiwanese media reports said Taroko is exiting to expand business beyond the textile sector, while Nan Ya wanted to discontinue its investment.
Before beginning operations, Lealea will upgrade the 50-hectare production site in Bandung. The company will start a fabric dyeing and finishing at the facility first before expanding to yarn making.
Agricultural global enterprise Bayer is strengthening Southwest cotton breeding with a new $16.7 million facility.
Bayer recently opened a breeding and research station in Texas to provide solutions to agronomic challenges in the region. At the station, Bayer brings two high-quality cotton varieties to market through its FiberMax and Stoneville brands. The Lubbock-based center focuses on drought-resistant cotton and native trait development, so that local cotton farmers could achieve economic stability. To commence the grand opening, researchers will plant the facility’s first research crop.
Since establishing its first Southwest facility in 1998, Bayer has added two separate breeding stations, a quality assurance lab, a seed processing plant, a seed warehousing facility and an advanced development lab. The company currently employs 120 people from Lubbock and the new station will bring 25 new jobs to the area.
“Economic sustainability is essential to growers who count on FiberMax to provide seed featuring advanced genetics for premium fiber quality and higher yield potential,” FiberMax and Stoneville cotton product manager Jason Wistehuff said. “Providing varieties that deliver that higher profit potential with lower inputs and increased disease resistance will complement the knowledge and skill growers bring to cotton production year in and year out.”
Trelleborg is advancing its coated fabrics operations.
The engineered polymer solutions company added a new Rapid Prototype Center (RPC) in its Rutherfordton, N.C. facility. The RPC will minimize the time and cost of developing functional coated fabric samples that derive from large-scale production equipment. Current and potential customers will also benefit from the RPC, which will enable them to seamlessly bring new products to the market.
With RPC technology investments, Trelleborg could continue to serve various industry needs, including safety applications for commercial aircraft, tactical gear for defense personnel, safety apparel for firefighters and other protective clothing applications.
RPC brings Trelleborg to the fourth stage of its five-step new product development process, which helps customers select the right engineered textiles for their application and performance needs.