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CIFM/interzum guangzhou 2015 all set to go, to offer wider product selections, excitement Strong emphasis on upholstery & bedding segment
As Asiaâ€™s largest and most comprehensive woodworking and furniture production and interior design trade fair, interzum guangzhou has been the chosen place by the industry to size up the competition, which was why it came as no surprise as organizer, Koelnmesse, announced that the annual event, which will run from March 28 to April 1, is sold out months before its opening. This is despite the addition of a new hall, expanding the floor space from 130,000
to140,000 square meters â€“ the largest in the 11-year history of the event. This will be the first time Hall 12.1 of the Pazhou Complex is activated for the event, boosting the total exhibition area to 140,000 square meters, which is expected to host over 1,100 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions, and more than 62,000 visitors from more than 140 countries. The 2015 event will once again
In 2015, CIFM / interzum guangzhou will welcome its 12th edition and be held once again in conjunction with the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) from 28 March to 1 April 2015.
feature 8 country pavilions, bringing with them the latest products, equipment and technologies. In fact, national pavilions slated to make their appearance include countries like Germany, US/Canada, Italy, Turkey, Chile, and Spain as well as association-led groups by the American Hardwood Export Council and Canada Wood respectively. Among them, pavilions from Canada Wood, Chile and Turkey will spot bigger booth space take-up than in previous years. As a furniture manufacturing powerhouse, China accounts for 25 per cent of the world’s furniture production capacity, attracting global industry heavyweights to participate in CIFM / interzum guangzhou every year. Some 309 exhibitors will be featured at the “international halls”
and among them, 24 brands will be making their first appearance at the trade fair. In addition to star brands from European furniture manufacturing strongholds, such as Germany, Italy and Belgium, buyers will also be able to source from emerging countries, like India and Brazil. Titled “Behind the Furniture Industry’s Progress – Passing On Technology and Innovation in Furniture Production”, an official forum to be held on March 29 will serve to reveal the role technological innovation in furniture production plays in promoting the upgrading of the global furniture industry, introduce innovative furniture manufacturing technologies in 2015 and analyze as well as predict development trends.
Executives from LINAK Actuator Systems, Leitz Tooling Systems and REHAU Polymer Solutions will share their insights in their respective fields during the forum, which will also prove to be an interactive session with attendees standing a chance to win attractive prizes, such as an iPad mini 3, followed by an industry networking event. Other notable activities will include a furniture hardware quality testing exchange event and experience sharing on LGA testing in Europe and the U.S. revolving around rails and hinges hosted by TĂœV Rheinland (Guangdong) Ltd. on March 29. In addition to being able to source from the most comprehensive range of exhibits in Asia and obtain market insights, visitors will also be treated to exclusive benefits and services at the PIAZZA visitor lounge, including free redemption of a tumbler sponsored by Guangdong Tianan New Material Co., Ltd. with collection of any two stamps at Hall 12.1, 14.1 and 15.1. Savvy visitors looking to maximize the use of their time at the trade fair can make use of the complete exhibitor list with brief company profiles and product images
published on the event website to search for their target products and schedule meetings with prospective suppliers in advance. Those who pre-register online before the event will also get to enjoy free event admission, and receive a copy of the show catalogue. Renowned names Homag, IMA, SCM, FGV, Titus, Cyber Lock, Okin Refined, Boyteks Tekstil, Bekaert, H.B. Fuller, Schattdecor, Rehau, SIGE, Italiana Ferramenta, Leggett & Platt , Kleiberit, Surteco, Alvic, Leitz, Freud, Mechatronic, Leuco and Xinyada will continue to be mainstays of the event, while 2015 will also welcome debuting exhibitors, including Fibromade from Portugal, Hans Weber and Zimmer from Germany, Permo from Italy and Japan’s Terao. Spotlighting China’s position as the world’s largest producer and consumer of upholstered furniture,
which possesses great market demand for related raw materials and production equipment, a 10,000 square meter-hall - Hall 12.1 - dedicated to bedding production and woodworking machinery has been added and will host show regulars Adler, Duerkopp, Robatech, Baomo, Blue-vent and the Italian pavilion under its roof. The new hall is also aimed at further refining product segmentation, consolidating related exhibits and facilitating exhibitor-visitor interaction. As Asia’s leading event in the woodworking machinery, furniture production and interior design industry, CIFM / interzum guangzhou was first introduced into the China market in 2004. The event originated from interzum by Koelnmesse GmbH, one of the largest trade fair companies in the world with 90 years of professional experience. Extended to 5 days, interzum
guangzhou 2014 have won nods and warm welcome from exhibitors with its numerous and very high quality visitors. After an 11-year development, CIFM / interzum guangzhou has grown to be one of the largest trade fairs in the sector in Asia. As many exhibitors mentioned excellent testimonials for the performance of the show, Liselotte Debaere, Concept Developer at Deslee Clama also expresses her satisfaction: “We have a lot of visitors coming these few days, especially for fabrics; so our meetings are very focused. I am really glad to see that most of them are real customers, and a lot of business has already happened. This is the first time we are here after so many years, and we are pretty satisfied. The services provided at interzum guangzhou are quite good. We want to be here again for sure.”
Outlast presents complete PCM spectrum What, why, when? “I would like to incorporate the function of heat management through phase change materials (PCM) in my products, but how does this work”? Outlast Technologies, market leader for temperature regulating PCMs, is often faced with this question. To provide more transparency and a better overview, Outlast will pres-
ent the complete PCM spectrum at Techtextil: from compounds to fibers/yarns and coated products for various end uses. Outlast is the only supplier in the textile industry who is able to offer various PCM possibilities. No matter which application – Outlast always has an appealing solu-
Outlast® technology works dynamically and proactively manages heat while controlling the production of moisture before it begins.
The applications are wide: Looking at bedding mattresses and mattress protectors, pillows and duvets take profit of the dynamic climate regulation.
Outlast® technology can be used in different applications. No matter if directly included inside the fiber or if coated materials are used - Outlast® phase change materials dynamically reduce sweat production significantly.
tion. In the past years, there have been many developments on the fiber side: After releasing the PCM viscose fiber, the first PCM polyester fiber followed. This presented a new opportunity for “filling materials”, which are mostly used for bedding, but can also be utilized for apparel. Outlast is best known for its presence in the bedding industry (PCMs for mattresses, duvets, mattress protectors/toppers, pillows...), but is also very active in the apparel (outdoor, sportswear, underwear, protective wear...), footwear (shoes, socks, insoles...) and accessory industry (gloves, helmets...). But Outlast has also devoted a lot of time researching new markets where the technology can be utilized – the newest development being in the electronics industry. PCMs can be structured in the fol-
lowing categories: Outlast® technology in fibers: This application is suited for products being worn next to skin (for example: underwear, socks, t-shirts, orthopedic products...) Outlast® technology in filling materials: There are different Outlast® filling materials (based on viscose or polyester fibers), which can be used for bedding or apparel (for example jackets). They can be also blended with downs. Outlast® technology as coating: A high loading can be reached. Nonwovens or knits serve as raw materials which are coated. The applications are wide: Looking at bedding mattresses and mattress protectors, pillows and duvets take profit of the dynamic climate regulation. Coated products are used for apparel/footwear and
PPE from head to toe. This application is also interesting for medical products. Outlast® technology as MIC: An advanced formulation of Outlast® PCM is finely printed onto flat fabric. This process is ideal for brands seeking a larger volume program using their own fabrics. Outlast® MIC is intended for products worn next to skin and is perfect for the active, casual and sportswear markets. Outlast® technology as compound: Here Outlast focuses on individual solutions for projects. If a customer already has special process technology available (for example a spraying equipment) the matching Outlast® compound can be used. The customer then produces his end product (for example: mattresses which are sprayed with the compound).
With little investment the heat managing performance can be easily achieved. Outlast® technology Outlast® technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature fluctuations in space. Outlast® technology utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort. Outlast® technology is comparable to ice in a drink; as it changes from solid to liquid, it absorbs heat and cools the drink, keeping that drink at the desired temperature for a longer period of time. Outlast® phase change materials work in the same way. The PCMs have the capacity to absorb, store and release excess heat. This gives any product containing Outlast® technology the ability to continually regulate the skin’s microclimate. As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, that heat is released. Out-
last® technology is not wicking technology, which manages moisture by reacting to your sweat and pulling it away from the skin. Outlast® technology will proactively manage heat while controlling the production of moisture before it begins. That’s the Outlast® difference. The benefits of Outlast® products at a glance: •Absorbs excess body heat •Manages moisture •Reduces overheating •Reduces chilling •Reduces perspiration •Continuously adapts to thermal changes All in all Outlast works on an exciting, wide field and offers as only supplier a very large spectrum of climate regulating
Outlast® technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature fluctuations in space.
PCM options. Not to forget: The Outlast® performance products are accompanied by an elaborated marketing package including labels and hangtags or POS materials or trainings offered for free. Outlast presents the newest innovations at Techtextil from 4 to 7 May, 2015, in Frankfurt; Hall 3.1, Stand D 61.
Foreign investors still bullish on Turkey ‘Turkey is a large and promising emerging market and cannot be ignored based on short-term volatility,’ say foreign professional investors ANKARA – Foreign investors are bullish on Turkey and are looking to place more funds in the country, investors have told Anadolu Agency.
But professional foreign investors are not dismayed. “ Turkey is a large and promising emerging market and cannot be ignored
The prospect of rising interest rates in the U.S. – with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicating that a rate hike could be expected within a few months - is beginning to drive investors away from some emerging markets, experts told Anadolu Agency. Since the beginning of March, emerging-market stocks have sold off by roughly 4 percent, according data from Spiro Sovereign Strategy in London.
based on short term volatility. I certainly believe that, with good economy management, it will be an attractive investment space for investors at large,” commented Didem Gordon, chief executive of emerging market fund manager Ashmore, Turkey, told AA. Gordon pointed out that certain sectors in Turkey remain very attractive.
She said: “Valuations as well as growth prospects determine the attractiveness for companies as well as sectors. Among those, consumer demand-driven businesses in a variety of sectors are always appealing given Turkey’s demographics.
“Technology and energy are also among sectors as well as companies with solid export businesses. Turkish banking sector valuations are also becoming more attractive among emerging markets.”
“That politicians mingle in the economy happens everywhere. The financial data in Turkey remains sound. The investment climate remains sound,” said Pim van Ballekom, vice-president responsible for finance at the European Investment Bank, at a press conference in January.
As Gordon’s view shows, professional foreign investors are less troubled by periodic “noise” on markets, and more likely to base their investment choices on fundamentals. This is important for Turkey, because New York investors hold about one-fifth of all stocks on the BIST-100 Index, the main index on the Istanbul stock market.
‘Sound climate’ But a recent study by economists at Alliant International University in California showed that professional U.S. investors are much more likely to look at business fundamentals than at bits of good and bad news when making investment decisions. Ashmore’s Gordon agrees: “We are a fundamental-analysis driven asset
manager with a long-term investment horizon. Upcoming elections are just one of the factors we consider in making our investment decisions.” So the concerns about politics in Turkey, for example, with an important election coming up in June, are not likely to weigh much in the estimation of such investors.
Turkey is the most important market for the European Investment Bank (EIB) outside of the EU, accounting for 25 percent of its non-EU lending, said van Ballekom, adding: “There have been times in Turkey when there were turbulences, not only in Turkey but economically in the world, where the economy reacted forcefully. “Although there were problems, I admire the Turkish government in dealing with those problems,” explained Ballekom. Indeed, many professional foreign investors just shrug off the news and keep their eyes on the numbers. Analysts at asset manager Manning & Napier based in Roch-
should recover positively,” Gordon said.
ester, New York, said in a note published on Feb. 3: “Turkey and China were the best performing markets on both a USD and local currency basis (in 2014).
‘Economic freedom’ Chris DeMuth Jr, a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital at the New Canaan in Connecticut, points to Turkish lira volatility as a concern for foreign investors. “But with a little time and stability, things could improve by the end of the year,” DeMuth Jr. said in a note published on March 10.
“Notably, Turkey posted strong double-digit returns and was the best performing equity market across the globe in both USD and local currency terms during the fourth quarter of 2014.”
‘Greater prospects’ They explained: “The long-term prospects are extraordinary. Turkey, like some other emerging markets, has prospects even more compelling when compared to the slow growth of the developed world. “The consumer markets in many of these countries are large, with rapidly expanding middle class populations that are seeing greater economic prospects than ever before.” “The number of people in the emerging world receiving their tertiary education is set to increase substantially in the next few decades, and the sheer size
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of the population leaves room for immense consumption opportunities. The need for more investment in high quality infrastructure, technology and medical services is immense and there is much pentup demand.” To be sure, professional foreign investors have issues about certain aspects of the Turkish economy. “Turkey’s softest spot has been its large current account deficit which, given the recent fall in oil prices,
“Turkey has been improving in a number of other areas, including improvements in bank capital ratios, public debt levels, current account balance and tourism. Tourism is more affordable with the currency decline. Its market cap-to-GDP is currently around 39 percent,” he said. Market capitalization to GDP is a long-term valuation indicator; values above 100 percent show that companies are overvalued, while those below 50 percent are undervalued, so the Turkish statistic shows relative undervaluation. “And, in terms of economic freedom, it is slightly better than the world average,” DeMuth said.
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Hall 6 presents intelligent and new types of solutions in the area of materials
Interzum Cologne - Piazza Materials & Nature: Surfaces to convey emotion
The exhibits at the Materials & Nature piazza in Hall 6 present a comprehensive overview of everything new, innovative and trailblazing in the area of materials. For 2015, the event area, bringing together the ideas of the exhibitors of this interzum segment, has once again been designed by Katrin de Louw - interior designer and trend scout. “Passion on Demand” is the piazza’s motto this year, where the products of four distinct but connected themed worlds will be clearly arranged and presented. Specialist presentations and a catering zone round out the event area. interzum, the international supplier fair, is divided into three sections: Function & Components, Textile & Machinery and Materials & Nature. This structure efficiently brings all the actors from the correspond-
The piazza delivers a broad overview of the exhibitors’ range of products and services
ing value chains together, while maintaining the overview. Complementing these sections are event areas which thematically extend the national and international exhibitors’ product displays: like the Materials & Nature piazza, for instance, which highlights the diversity of design options with surfaces, structural properties, veneers and natural materials. “The motto of the Materials & Nature piazza in Hall 6 this year is ‘Passion on Demand’”, says Matthias Pollmann, interzum Project Manager. “This motto is inspired by three central ideas. First - the growing demand for sustainable products in furniture design and interior design to create intelligent solutions for tomorrow. Secondly the realization of emotionally communicative features and elements which contribute significantly to
Trend: clients’ wishes come first the atmosphere of a room and thereby to a feeling of well-being. And the third - perhaps most important point - is the trend toward individualisation as a strong driver for new developments by exhibitors where we are frequently seeing clients’ wishes being implemented and their design desires fulfilled.” Designed by Katrin de Louw of design agency Neelsen Designmanagement, the Materials & Nature piazza is divided into four themed worlds. This is to facilitate an overview of the products, structure the contents and profile competencies. The first of the four worlds is “Spirit of Colours 2016 - 2020”, which is entirely fitting because materials suppliers and surface manufacturers are real trend setters and develop in a future-orientated manner. Colour trends, new designs from pastel to neon to metallic are to be found here alongside striking digital prints. “Emotions of Surfac-
es” represents new developments in decorations and new haptic structures in plastic - the perfect interplay of the visual and the haptic in a durable surface. “Heartbeat of Nature” highlights the uniqueness and beauty of nature. Here, visitors will find real wood with documentation of its history and origin as well as sustainable products and recycled materials. The story behind the product is often of importance too. In the “Technical Visions” world, the exhibitors’ innovative drive is showcased. The spectrum ranges from nanotechnologies to light construction, acoustics, anti-bacterial properties, lighting and technology
either as visions of the future or as prototypes seeking its marketability. Alongside the exhibits, which are arranged along the walls as well as employed as stand construction materials, flooring, as tabletops or wall panels, the Materials & Nature piazza is rounded out with a presentation forum and a catering zone. This year once more, information boards will be positioned at the exhibits to guide interested visitors to their manufacturers, all of whom have their own fair stands in the surrounds of the Materials & Nature piazza and are available to engage in further talks.
YILMAR continues to work for healthier sleep Yılmar is located in Bursa, which is 2 hours from Istanbul. The company was founded in 2001 and at the beginning it had only 40 employees. Since then it has become one of the biggest producers in Turkey. It has now been exporting to around 40 countries and also has a significant name in domestic market. Furthermore, Yılmar is among top 1000 exporters of Turkey.
Eyvaz Yılmaz, General Manager of Yilmar
An official of Yilmar outlines their operations: “According to statistics 3/1 human life is spent in sleep. So we know how important a mattress is. That’s why we produce comfortable beds for our precious customers. As a brand name owner of Hercules we can roll pack Hercules mattress spring which gives
advantage to our partners, in terms of logistic and warehouse storage, etc. Mattress springs may occupy huge place at the warehouse, most of the companies can only roll pack Bonnell spring but we can roll pack even Hercules. That gives our partners a really important advantage.
Mattress importance is attracting user attention recently. In line with this fact we started to produce pocket springs from 600 to 3,000 counts and also heights are between 5cm to 18cm. As the healthiest product 7 zone pocket spring and secondly 3 zone Bonnell spring demands are very high. On the other hand we believe that to be a solution partner is the most im-
portant issue to corporate with our partners and our R&D department helps how to develop most comfortable mattress for our partners. Our strategy is to think globally and acting locally, as Warren Heaps states, “It’s really important to recognize that markets are different around the world, and company compensation programs
should reflect a balance between global corporate philosophy and local practice and culture”. So, we produce according to our customer demands and their market needs. Mainly we listen our customer and try to understand what markets need and work on it. That makes our company and our partners different than others and we always welcome for new opportunities.”
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 already covers a proposed Japanese legislation regarding banned azo colorants Affected articles are, among others, bedding articles, textiles such as underwear, socks, nightwear, garments, towels, etc.
©OEKO-TEX® Textiles and materials which meet the strict requirements of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 already comply with the proposed Japanese legislation regarding banned azo colorants.
ZURICH – In December 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) notified the WORLD TRADE Organization (WTO) of a proposal for the prohibition of certain azo colorants which can break down into 24 carcinogenic aryl amines. Affected articles are, among others, textiles such as underwear, socks, nightwear, bedding articles, garments, towels, etc. as well as leather materials. The MHLW proposes a limit value of 30 mg/kg, and stipulates the test methods defined by the current European legislation. The planned Japanese legislation
shall amend the “Act on Control of Household Products Containing Harmful Substances”. The new law is meant to be adopted in March 2015 and is scheduled to come into force on 1st April 2016. Products which do not meet the legislation, shall not be placed on the market or be sold. The OEKO-TEX® Association would like to emphasize that testing for banned azo colorants has been part of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 requirements since its introduction in 1992. In each certification process, all OEKO-TEX® institutes have a special focus on the test
parameter “banned azo colorants”. Textiles and materials which meet the strict requirements of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 already comply with the proposed Japanese legislation regarding banned azo colorants. In addition, it should be noted that the limit value of 20 mg/kg (quantification limit) required by the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is stricter than the current proposal of the Japanese Ministry, and even goes well beyond the current European legislation with respect to both the stipulated limit value and the number of the included carcinogenic aryl amines.
Turkey and EU maintain strong cooperation on energy projects ANKARA – Turkey and the EU will sign a memorandum of understanding, which will be focused on connecting European energy markets and natural sources from the Middle East and the Caspian Sea, officials announced.
Turkish Minister for European Union affairs Volkan Bozkir
The Turkish Minister for European Union affairs Volkan Bozkir and the vice-president of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic met in Ankara to discuss further cooperation in energy. “Energy dialog meetings through the new memorandum of understanding will be better organized,” Bozkir said.
The construction of the Turkish-leg of the TANAP will also begin in Kars, located in northeastern Turkey. Sefcovic also said that TANAP was not only important for Turkey but also for Europe. “ The southern gas corridor and TANAP are key projects to which European union attaches a very high political priority,” he said. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, TANAP, is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which plans to carry natural gas sourced in Azerbaijan near the Caspian Sea, to Europe through Turkey.
Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek reassures markets over Turkey’s policy choices The recent sharp fluctuations in U.S. dollar’s exchange rate should not worry Turkish markets as long as correct macroeconomic policies are implemented, Turkish Finance Minister, Mehmet Simsek said. a good structural reform program to address all other areas of economy demanding attention.
Delivering the closing speech of Uludag Economy Summit, Simsek said that steep appreciation of dollaris largely attributed to the figures indicating a steadily recovering U.S. economy and stalling growth in Europe and other major economies.
“Is there a problem in our fiscal policies? Is there a problem regarding the sustainability of debts? Will this exchange rate movement affect current account deficit positively or negatively?” Simsek asked.
“Yes, exchange rate volatility is important. We pay attention to it. We have sensitivity for it. But essentially important thing is the macroeconomic foundation of a country,” Simsek said.
“Consequently this movement of exchange rate will have a temporary effect. But I believe just after the elections, with the help of our strong reform program, political stability and robust macroeconomics foundations, Turkey will take the road of strong growth,” he said.
“In countries which lack strong macroeconomic foundations, neither you can achieve a lasting competitive capacity nor you can solve problems through exchange rate policies.” The Turkish lira dropping almost 13 percent since the beginning of the year, second only to Brazilian Real, which has depreciated over 20 percent in same period, has paved the way for anxiety in Turkish markets for the future of economy.
Simsek stressed that macroeconomic foundations of Turkey are very strong and also there is a strong will, political stability and
Regarding the Turkey’s chronic headaches in economy -- high inflation and current account deficit --Simsek pointed out the structural nature of this problems and said that detailed structural reform packages announced recently by the government would be key to addressing these problems.
Turkish Central Bank leaves all key interest rates unchanged ANKARA- The Turkish Central Bank left all key interest rates unchanged. The one-week repo rate stayed at 7.50 percent, and the overnight lending rate at 10.75 percent, the bank said in a statement after a meeting of its monetary policy committee. “The ongoing cautious monetary policy along with prudent fiscal and macro prudential policies are having a favorable impact on inflation, especially inflation excluding energy and food (core inflation indicators- excluding energy and food products). Yet, uncertainty in global markets and elevated food prices necessitates maintaining the cautious stance in monetary policy. Accordingly, the Committee decided to keep the interest rates at current levels,” the statement said. “Future monetary policy decisions will be conditional on the improvements in the inflation outlook,” the bank added. Ozden Onturk, a research expert at Atig investment said, the market did not expect any change in the interest rate due to inflation’s outlook and pressure on the bank. “The bank already cut interest rate in recent months and that limits any further move,” Onturk said. The Turkish lira held at about 2.61
to the dollar after the announcement. Interest rates have been a topic of heated controversy between the government and the central bank since early this year, when the then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is now president, criticized the bank for keeping interest rates high. The rates were limiting economic growth, Erdogan has since said on a number of occasions. President Erdogan, however, met with Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci on March 11, and expressed “sensitivity” to interest rate issues. Consumer price inflation in Turkey rose less than analysts had fore-
cast in February, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. The Turkish Consumer Price Index rose 0.71 percent from 1.10 percent in the preceding month. The annual rate of inflation was 7.55 percent. The government has formulated a Medium Term Economic Plan, which forecasts inflation reaching 6.3 percent by the end of the year. Analysts feel that goal is achievable, and that further cuts in interest rates may be expected in the near term. “With inflation improving this month, combined with an upbeat global risk appetite, we expect the central bank to continue cutting rates and narrowing the ‘corridor,’ or the band between the rates, next month and onwards,” Ziraat Securities economist Bora Tamer Yilmaz told.
The youngest in felt production
Has been producing felts since 2007 Mitsan keeps investing to expand its production capacity with additional lines.
eldest machinery in our factory is of 2007, the youngest is 2013 model. We invest serious amounts of funds in them and now getting the fruits from both domestic and foreign markets. With all our competitors our industry is able to sell felts to all over the world. We try to differentiate ourselves from rivals. Standards and quality is important as well as the quality of services and response rates. Mustafa Çetinbulut, Board Member of Mitsan
Using recycled materials, the company is also sensitive to ecology. “We have the youngest machinery inventory in Turkey,” says, Mustafa Cetinbulut, chairman of Mitsan, who detailed about his company:
On machinery in factory We have five lines for production, all the youngest in Turkey. The
Homogeneity is important for felts We produce 500 – 2000 grams felts. They are ultra hard, hard and soft kinds. We also produce paddings for quilting. Homogeneity is important for felts. Turkey has a powerful position in the world, a homeland for felts. Main inputs for felts are textile by-products. We make some portion of inputs from recycled textiles, having certificate for this. Recycling is on the agenda of many other industries, including
mattress industry. We are somehow in the recycling business. We export recycled materials.
On investments We are investing for automation in our processes. That reduces the need for unskilled labor and simplifies the processes for packaging and transport operations. Every year we invest certain amounts in our factory. This year we are going to invest in both felt and foam production. Automated storage and barcoding investment were completed last year.
On exports We deliver both felt and foams to more than 30 countries. We have more share in the north African markets. We targeted to new markets, because problems in neighboring countries have forced us to seek new markets. Mattress manufacturers have reliable data about the number of felt and foam producers in the country. Markets are becoming more transparent. We try to expand our coverage in the world by seeking new and far away market.
Mattress pads & toppers
BSC provides details about pads and toppers
A mattress can be one of the most costly components in the bedroom, so once youâ€™ve found the mattress of your dreams, youâ€™ll want to protect your investment. Mattress protectors/pads and encasements prolong the life of your mattress while protecting the mattress from dust, dirt, stains and more. Mattress covers and box spring covers can be flame resistant, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, allergen resistant to deter dust mites, pet dander and the like, even impermeable to help stop the penetration of bed bugs through fabric. Much like mattresses, mattress protectors are available in sizes ranging from twin and twin-XL to full, queen, king and California king as well as sized for a crib mattress. A waterproof mattress protector for the crib is a practical investment that will pay for itself. Most mattress protectors are machine washable so you can keep them clean and fresh. For those heading off to college, a mattress protector is an important part of any bedding ensemble but more so when the mattress is previously owned. So, whatâ€™s the difference between
a mattress encasement and a mattress pad/protector? Generally, an encasement fully encloses either the mattress or box spring. A cover typically covers three sides only; similar to the way a mattress pad or topper fits. A mattress pad is placed above the actual mattress,
and is used to protect the mattress from staining and wear, and to help keep sheets on the bed. Some are hypoallergenic, and the thick ones provide extra comfort and support. Many types of mattress pads and encasements are available.
TYPES OF MATTRESS ENCASEMENTS Mattress encasements for allergy protection For chronic allergy sufferers, there is no better solution than a full mattress encasement and box spring encasement. There are many options that offer protection from allergens such as dust, dust mites, dead skin, pet dander and pollen. A typical mattress cover cannot prevent allergens from your mattress from coming in contact with you.
Mattress encasements for bed bug protection People all over the world are concerned over the growing outbreak of bedbugs. While a mattress encasement will not protect your home from a bedbug infestation, it will effectively lock bedbugs out of your sleep system. Only total encasement mattress protectors with a locking zipper provide protection against bedbugs.
TYPES OF MATTRESS PADS Fitted: A fitted pad is like a thick, fitted sheet, with a bit of quilting on the top and fitted, elastic sides to make sure that the pad does not move around. Anchor: Anchor pads are a cheaper version, covering the top of the mattress and anchored by elastic bands in the corners. Guaranteed-to-Fit: A guaranteed-to-fit mattress pad is also similar to the anchor pad, except the sidewalls expand to accommodate variations in mattress size.
Memory Foam: One type of mattress pad that provides extra cushioning is the memory foam pad; this looks like a thin mattress. Egg Crate: A foam egg-crate style of mattress pad is a less expensive option for more cushioning. Down: Extra softness can be achieved with a down or feather type of mattress pad. Materials: Mattress pads are available in many types of material, such as cotton, wool, polyester, organic fabric, silk, foam, down, feathers and synthetic down.
Change of guard at Lenzing:
Stefan Doboczky succeeds Peter Untersperger as CEO
Dr. Stefan Doboczky
VIENNA – The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG appointed Stefan Doboczky as the new Chairman of the Management Board (CEO) of Lenzing AG, the major fiber producer. Doboczky will assume his new function on June 1st 2015. He takes over from Peter Untersperger, who will step down from his function as CEO per 31 May 2015 at his own request prematurely. Mr. Doboczky, Austrian, brings to Lenzing a broad international management experience and extensive expertise in Asia. Since 1998 he has worked in various management positions for the Dutch Life Science & Material Science group Royal DSM in Europe and Asia. In his current role as Member of the Managing Board he has been responsible for the successful strategic repositioning of the global pharmaceutical businesses, for Corporate Operations & Responsible Care, as well as for the corporation’s growth agenda in the Asian markets. Mr. Doboczky holds a PhD in chemistry from the TU Wien and a MBA from Swiss Business School IMD. Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing
AG, said about the appointment of the new CEO: “With his international industrial expertise, his close to ten years of management experience in Asia and his strong technical background, Stefan Doboczky will strengthen the Management Board team and is ideally suited to lead the Lenzing Group towards further growth.”
(55), has informed the Supervisory Board that hat he will not be available for an extension of his contract, which expires on 31 March 2016. He will step down from his function as CEO per 31 May 2015 at his own request prematurely. Mr. Untersperger has worked for the Lenzing Group for 30 years, as CFO since 1999 and as CEO since 2009.
Stefan Doboczky said about his joining the Management Board of Lenzing AG: “As an Austrian corporation of international caliber Lenzing AG stands for innovation and quality in the field of high-quality, man-made cellulose fibers. It will be a highly responsible and challenging task for me to make use of the company’s outstanding potential to further expand its technological leadership.”
„With the outstanding expertise and the broad experience of Peter Untersperger as CEO the Lenzing Group managed to successfully restructure the company despite the challenging international market, and to realize the state-ofthe-art TENCEL® production plant in Lenzing”, Hanno Bästlein stated. Untersperger is leaving with a good performance. The operational result (EBITDA) rose in 2014 vs. 2013 by more than 24 percent to approx. EUR 240 million. Moreover, over the past 18 months, Mr. Untersperger has been responsible for
Supervisory Board thanks outgoing CEO Peter Untersperger The outgoing Chairman of the Management Board, Peter Untersperger
the strategic repositioning of the Group, which he put well on track. With his team he implemented a comprehensive cost optimization project, which in 2014 led to savings of more than EUR 130 million, double the planned amount. Mr. Bästlein emphasized that Mr. Untersperger has earned the respect of employees, investors and clients in difficult times: “On behalf of the whole corporation we thank Peter Untersperger for his exceptional performance and extraordinary achievements in the last 30 years. He has shaped the development of the group decisively in his 15 years as Executive. We wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and personally.” The new CEO Stefan Doboczky will be introduced to the company’s shareholders and to the public on the occasion of the coming Shareholders’ Meeting in Lenzing on 22 April 2015.
HC3500 Yeni Yüksek Hızlı Bilgisayarlı Çok İğneli Zincir Dikişli Kapitone Makinesi
Tam bağımsız sistemi ile hayal gücünüzün sınırlarını zorlayın! Siz hayal edin o gerçekleştirsin.
Special Function / Özel Fonksiyonlar • In dependent sewing heads allows quit with simple patterns, T&J patterns and single head quiting patterns. (Patented product) Bağımsız çalışan dikiş barları ile alışılmışın dışında çok farklı kapitone desenleri Patantli kendine özel T&J desenler ve tek kafa kapitone desenleri • State of the art tracking, superior tracking system allows effortless movement of foam to be fed into quiter (Patented product) Dünyada hiçbir makinede bulunmayan yalnızca size özel patantli haraketli sünger besleyici tasarımı • Adjustable presser foot lifting mechanism enables you to qualit a broad renge of material thickness and patterns. Ayarlana bilir baskı ayağı kaldırma mekanizması sayesindegeniş bir yelpazede kapitone yapar. • A high powered fast speed controlled servo motor for thick quilting with accuracy. Ultra hassas kalın kapitoneler için yüksek enerjili hızlı kontrollü servo motor • New main shaft control for easy timing adjustment. Using high quality sealed bearings. Yüksük kaliteli sızdırmaz yataklar kullanan kolay zamanlama ayarı için yeni ana şaft • Newly updated software allowing quick design changes of operation. Hızlı tasarım yapabilme olanağı sağlayan en güncel yazılım • Thread brake detector. Ultra hassas digital ip kopmalarını algılayan sensörler • Using air cylinder for thread cutting tail length. İplik kesme ve kuyruk uzunluğu ayarı için hava silindiri. • Emergency safety devices. En güncel standartlarda acil güvenlik cihazları • Diagnostic detection. Diagnostik algılayıcı dedektör
Application / Uygulama Alanı
Yatak paneli, yatak pedleri, yatak örtüleri, yorgan, yatak, döşeme ve daha fazla alanda kullanıma uygundur. Technical Specification / Teknik Özellikler Boyutlar
Daha geniş çalışma ekranı
Ağırlık Kapitone Genişliği Dönüş Hızı Üretim Hızı İğne Ölçüleri İğne Düzeni
Bağımsız ip koptu dedektörü
Max. Yatay Hareket İğne Boşluğu Voltaj Dikiş Aralığı Güç Kapitone Kalınlığı
Yüksek hızlı kontrollü servo motor
Yeni ana şaft kontrolü
HC2500 Yüksek Hızlı Bilgisayarlı Çok İğneli Zincir Dikişli Kapitone Makinesi
Application / Uygulama Alanı
Special Function / Özel Fonksiyonlar • New Fabric loading design. Easy loading material. Kolay kumaş yükleme şekli kolay malzeme besleme • Tilted body design. Easy to operate and maintain. Eğimli gövde şikli, kolay kullanım ve koruma
Yatak paneli, yatak pedleri, yatak örtüleri, yorgan, yatak, döşeme ve daha fazla alanda kullanıma uygundur.
• Thread brake detector İğne Kopma alğılayıcı
19inch LCD ekran
Technical Specification / Teknik Özellikler
• Using air cylinder for thread cutting tail length Hava silindiri ile ipin kuyruk uzunluğu kesimi • Operated using high quality sealed bearings that do not need lubrication. Yüksek kaliteli yağlama ihtiyacı olmayan kapalı rulmanlar • Adjustable presser foot lifting mechanism enables you to quilt a broad range of material thickness. Ayarlanabilir ayak bastı kaldırma sistemi ile geniş sıralı kalın kapitone yapabilme
En yeni çift rulman iğne sıra desteği
Ağırlık Kapitone Genişliği Dönüş Hızı Üretim Hızı
• Emergency safety devices Enerji tasarruf cihazı
• Improved quilting software control system allows more precise and stable quilting operations. Geliştirilmiş yazılım ile daha hassas ve sağlam kapitone
• CAD Pattern drawing ,pattern system allows you to create your own designs. CAD desen çizim sistemi kendi desenlerinizi uygulama sistemi verir
• Machine comes with 100-300 design patterns. Makine 100-300 desen ile birlikte gelir • Error problem detection system. Hata tespit etme sistemi
Ayarlanabilir malzama tutucular
• Pattern compensation. Desen düzeltme
Max. Yatay Hareket
Voltaj Dikiş Aralığı Güç Kapitone Kalınlığı
Basit güç besleme kolay koruma
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Sleep Well Tonight Knowing Your Loved Ones Are A-OK
New Startup Web App, A-OK, Makes Checking in with Your Nearest and Dearest Quick and Easy DALLAS, TEXAS (PRWEB) March 02, 2015
Even in today’s hyper-connected society, people are still lacking in communicating with some of the most important people in their life. With busy schedules filling up with travel, kids, college, work and everything in between, there is still a disconnect in letting those around them that all is well and they’re doing fine. A-OK, a subscription-only web app launching on March 2, 2015, takes the stress out of missed phone calls and tough schedules, helping people rest easy with automated check-ins. Anyone with texting capabilities can use A-OK without being tracked by GPS. By signing up for an A-OK account online, subscribers may select the type of plan that is best for them and their loved ones. After verifying the information, A-OK offers a window of either 24 or 48 hours, where they will send the subscriber’s contacts a simple “text wave.” If after the allotted time is up, and they have not responded, A-OK will send an addi-
tional reminder. The subscriber will only be notified when their loved ones have not checked in. The end result? Users can rest easy with the peace of mind that all is A-OK with the special people in their life. “A-OK came from the idea that many people are on-the-go, live alone, or are just too busy in life, therefore connecting with others
becomes more challenging,” says John McCarley, founder of A-OK. “AOK simplifies that process by doing the checking-in for you.” To find out more about A-OK, please watch the short video clip here and visit http://www.imaok. com. *All information is private and never shared with outside companies*
XSENSOR in China The company exhibits at CIFF to lead companies to Experience REVEAL Mattress Recommendation System which increases mattress sales performance of mattress-selling companies. XSENSOR Technology Corporation, world leader in pressure mapping technology, is showcasing REVEAL at CIFF, China International Furniture Fair, 18-22 March 2015, to be held at Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou. Reveal® Mattress Recommendation System by XSENSOR is changing the way retailers sell mattresses. The system is also good for consumers to purchase right mattresses for them. The system provides more profits and satisfied customers! It increases closing rates, grows the margins of sellers, increases store traffic and reduces returns. Retail customers gain real-time insights and unbiased recommendations of an appropriate mattress category for
their body type, providing information which helps them to be confident that they have found the right mattress. REVEAL maps body surface pressures with over 1664 sensors showing an image called a ‘ComfortMap,’ revealing pressure points on the customers’ body that can be
relieved by the right mattress. The technology provides the customer unbiased information, and then can be shown the selection of mattresses that best suit their body and sleep position, or in a manufacturer’s case, can show how their mattresses out-perform the competition.
New website offers memory foam mattress comparison guide Lake Station, IN – Memory foam mattresses have swept the market due to their comfortable feel and healthy back and body support. However, like any product, there have been cheaper duplicates made of memory foam that have led to some bad experiences with this product. Mattress Reviews Pro, located on the web at http://mattressreviewspro.com/ , offers its new Memory Foam Mattress Comparison Guide to help customers make the right choice of memory foam mattresses and find the best product easily. Memory foam is a product that supports and cradles the body, ending the cycle of tossing and turning or waking up feeling tired and full of aches and pains. Memory foam supports the body without harsh metal coils, comforting to the sleeper’s shape easily and providing just the right amount of support for every need. Many people describe memory foam as “sleeping on a cloud,” but memory foam can also provide firm support for good back and body health. Mattress Reviews Pro recently ranked memory foam mattresses on a 5.0 scale. At the top of the ratings was the Dynasty Mattress Deluxe 10-inch Memory Foam Short Mattress for RV and Camper. Although this mattress is sized for miniature use, the web site gave it the best overall rating a 4.8 due to its incredible thickness and dual cool airflow foam inserts. Next on the list was the larger version of the Dynasty Mattress Deluxe. This full-size version rated a 4.6 and is described as “Medium-Firm.” With an identical 4.6 out of five rating, the 10-Inch Luxury Foam
Mattress by Red Nomad is also a good choice, according to the website. One of the most expensive memory foam mattresses is the Dynasty 15-inch Luxury Grand, which sports an additional five inches of foam. However, the extremely high price tag causes this mattress to drop in at 4.6 rather than a higher rating.
The best seller on the list, ranked at 4.5, is Sleep Innovations 12-inch Sure Temp Memory Foam Mattress, ranked as “Medium” with a total of 2.5 inches of SureTemp Memory Foam. The rest of the mattresses are ranked according to this scale, with the lowest-ranked mattress being the Dynasty Mattress New Cool Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress at 4.4.
Georg Dieners is the new OEKO-TEX® General Secretary
Georg Dieners, new General Secretary of the OEKO-TEX® Association
Zurich – On January 5th, 2015, the International OEKO-TEX® Association introduced Georg Dieners as the new General Secretary. Taking over from Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, who, after providing extensive training for the new OEKO-TEX® representative, the trained textile engineer will concentrate on professional cooperation in the technical committees within the OEKO-TEX® Association in the future and also on his function as the COO of the Swiss Textile Testing Institute, TESTEX AG. “In view of the growing importance of the topic of sustainability, OEKO-TEX® is concerned with better
aligning their own product portfolio to the needs of all players in the textile value creation chain in the future”, said Georg Diener when summarizing his objectives for the next few years. “To ensure that brands, manufacturers and retailers gain the most benefit from our services in their core business, on the one hand we want to further strengthen the contact we have with our existing customers around the world and, on the other hand, we want to better address interested companies searching for suitable modules for the implementation of their sustainability strategy,” said the new OEKO-TEX® General Secretary. “However, both can only be successful,” confirms Georg Dieners, “if one can devote oneself fully to the task. For this reason, OEKO-TEX® has, for the first time, employed a specialist hired exclusively for this position who will manage the commercial
operations of the Association with its 16 member institutes in the future.” Georg Dieners was previously employed as the Director of Product Management at the LHD Group GmbH in Cologne where he was responsible for product development for the global full-service provider for workwear and personal protective equipment. As a graduate of the Fachhochschule Niederrhein with a focus on textile technology/ textile finishing, as well as having many years of experience in various management positions and companies within the textile sector, Georg Dieners has the broad range of knowledge required for his new role as the OEKO-TEX® General Secretary. Excellent industry and sector contacts as well as his previous employment activities related to sustainable textile production complete his specialist competences.
Local San Francisco organic mattress company celebrates 39 years of staying in business TheFutonShop.com, an organic and sustainable mattress manufacturer and retailer for over 39 years, celebrates their anniversary and shares their secret to success.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 The Futon Shop takes a moment to stop and celebrate 39 years of being in business and reveals their big Organic Futon Mattress Anniversary sale starting now and going through the 2nd of March. What helped a natural futon mattress company grow from one little store to ten stores, and then stay in business in a market that is extremely competitive? In an ever changing and growing market, furniture designs and trends can often be here today and gone tomorrow. Suzanne Diamond, The Futon Shopâ€™s CEO, has found success with the flow of marketing futon mattresses that are organic through knowing precisely what customers are looking for in their homes. How does she do it? She relates to so many of her customers as a mom, wife, daughter, nana, artist, and woman. She is a
mom who wants the best for her kids. She is a nana who has been educated about organic futon production and has become aware of all of the newfound research in furniture, foams, and fire retardants that can be harmful to vulnerable children in traditional couches and mattresses. She has mastered the skill of finding out what customers want by following what she likes. For example, when she picked the fabrics for her modern futon sofa bed line, she thought about what she would like to see in her own home. This process of picking products has
been a great one and successful with customers. Sleep is an important issue for everyone because we all need it to survive and be healthy. So, Suzanne Diamond picks quality materials and supervises the production of most mattresses as they are handmade everyday to ensure that all organic and chemical free mattresses are of the finest in quality to sleep on. She wants the futon mattresses she sends out to her ten stores and to all of her customers around the United States through shipping to be products she can be proud of. Take advantage of this great sale - it is rare when mattresses are 50% and 60% off. Come celebrate with us and make futon history by purchasing a futon mattress from a company that has perfected how organic futons and mattresses are supposed to feel for almost 4 decades.
M. Saim Erdogan Owner of Nerteks
NERTEKS poised for growth with R&D activities Producing quality yarn for the Turkish mattress industry Nerteks increased its capacity and accelerated R&D studies.
Pointing out that the sector has been developing in Turkey every day, M. Saim Erdogan, proprietor of Nerteks outlined the current situation of the sector and underlined that the quality of yarn is very important to produce a quality mattress adding that Turkish manufacturers invested in the most advanced technologies at the right time and this reflected on production. Details of the interview with Mr. Erdogan:
What is the role of mattress subindustry products in mattress? A good quality mattress could only be produced at optimal efficiency & cost with quality ingredients. The objective of a mattress manufacturer is to run his production at the highest efficiency and with minimum cost by utilizing his machines and human resources .The reliability of the â€œ sub-industry â€œ or, the suppliersâ€™ quality standards determine the ultimate success of production processes. It is not only the common parameters, such as hygiene / durability / strength etc.. but ,the availability of the carefully sourced raw materials are inevitable .Amongst the other ingredients such as : Felt / non-woven backing fabric / foam / mattress ticking / tapes / springs ; thread is a fundamental element to finish the quality mattress.
The mattress manufacturer cannot underestimate the role of a quality thread; it is difficult to repair a mattress during the continuous production, as it will be costly and the time will be lost. The machines (multi-needle quilting / frame quilters / border processing equipment etc.) run to generate profit if the thread has been carefully selected.
How developed is Turkish mattress sub-industry? What differences are there between Turkish and World mattress sub-industries? The mattress sub-industries in Turkey are perfectly well established. Although the history of production is relatively short in comparison with the other producers in the western world; however, the quality standards are second to none .The Turkish producers in various sub-industries which supply the products to finish a mattress have already invested for the best technology at the right time for optimal results. They all source for best raw materials to optimize their own production in fair competition .
The consequences of such developments are highly visible which are successfully reflected in the most efficient mattress production in Turkey as compared with many other countries.
are the fundamental elements for non-stop mattress production processes. Consequently, the mattress manufacturers are confident that, NERTEKS IPLIK, supply threads to produce fault-free mattresses.
What should be done to improve this sector? What are your suggestions?
Would you like to add anything special?
We, as NERTEKS IPLIK Ltd, are highly proud of the present position of mattress sub-industry. This sector already achieved a world-class reputation. NERTEKS IPLIK, amongst the other suppliers, is offering their thread products at worldwide standards and attractive prices. There are different types of sewing threads suitable for any machine which
NERTEKS IPLIK Ltd. is a well-established and high quality sewing thread manufacturer sourcing the right quality raw materials in order to serve the Turkish mattress Industry. This is a world-class service with the most attractive price levels. We believe that the Turkish mattress industry deserves the quality products from the sub-industries to preserve the highly reputable present position which were achieved during the recent years. We will try our best to maintain the quality standards supplying the efficient threads for the Turkish mattress industry for all kinds of machines.
Metaplas focuses on aesthetics on beds 80
Founded in 2008 to produce accessories for beds, Metaplas expands by developing attractive solutions to make better impressions. Owner of the company Eda Zarli explained the importance of harmony among elements of mattresses.
On the importance of supplier industries on bed All our products aim to produce a harmonious aesthetics when applied to beds. You cannot show the materials inside to prospective buyers but you may impress them visually by the items used on the bed that imply the quality of the product.
Accessories add visual value on the products. Harmony among the accessories of beds such as, strips, fabrics and labels is needed to produce a valuable product.
On the differences between suppliers in Turkey and in abroad
Eda Zarl覺 and Fehmi Karata, Owners of Metaplas
Standards for beds are at the highest level in Europe and in the US. They also may have their accessories from Turkish producers. There are a large number of companies producing quality products. However, price competition in the market may hinder the preference of higher quality supplies. Turkish companies have all the necessary factors needed for high quality beds.
Suppliers should keep watching the developments in the markets and in technology and invest accordingly. They also need more profits. So, the competition is made on price not on quality most of the time.
On her views in general We, as Metaplas company, are trying to produce the best quality by investing, searching and developing products. We hope that bed manufacturers will demand more quality inputs for their production and be more conscious on quality of the materials they bought from supplier industries.
Mattress industry executives gather in Florida for ISPA industry conference
Event filled with educational sessions & 100th anniversary celebration Alexandria, Va (PRWEB) March 13, 2015
Yet another snow storm on the East Coast didn’t stop more than 230 mattress-industry professionals, including manufacturers, retailers and suppliers, from coming together for education, celebration, networking and a little rest and relaxation at the International Sleep Products Association’s 2015 Industry Conference March 4-5 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference offered attendees timely and relevant educational sessions geared specifically toward the interests of the bedding industry. Bill Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and author of “Practically Radical,” delivered a thoughtful opening keynote presentation that challenged profession-
als to become leaders who create meaningful change and long-lasting value in the sleep products industry. Other conference speakers included: ∙ Phil Johnston, senior vice president of Cleveland-based marketing communications agency Marcus Thomas LLC, who explored how technology is reshaping today’s consumer in a two-part session. ∙ Emily Holdman, vice president of venture-capital firm adventure.es, who advised the audience to inject entrepreneurial thinking into how they approach their jobs. ∙ Business trainer John Spence, author of “Awesomely Simple,” who distilled the wisdom of top-thought leaders into actionable steps any business can take. When attendees weren’t learning from leading business strategists, they were golfing, networking and reconnecting with colleagues during
one of the conference’s many receptions, including a special event for the ISPA Women’s Network, during which guests mingled with other like-minded women in the mattress industry. The conference concluded Thursday evening with ISPA’s Centennial Celebration in the elegantly decorated Vinoy Grand Ballroom. Attendees enjoyed dinner, an entertaining retrospective of the association and an informal after-party with the mattress-industry band the Insomniaczzz. “This Industry Conference was an exceptional networking event for both vendors and customers alike,” noted Steve Angelone, vice president and co-owner of Bruin Plastics Co. Inc., with headquarters in Glendale, Rhode Island. “The speakers were quite insightful, and the golf and social events were fantastic. Being from New England, the great weather was highly appreciated as well!”
In the luxury-bedding world, the focus shifts from construction to materials. Not only do most mattresses look alike, but also their essence — the components that distinguish well-made models from lesser ones — is hidden
Mattresses with stabilizing interior springs, probably the single most significant advance in mattress design, were first developed during the mid-1800s. By placing a set of uniform springs inside layers of upholstery, mattress manufacturers could imbue their product with a firm, resilient, and uniform texture. It was not until after World War I that innerspring mattresses were mass-produced by Zalmon Simmons, Jr., the president of a company that had theretofore produced bedsteads.
Many of the textile machinery manufacturers have been manufacturing some quilting or mattress machines especially in Europe. In Turkey, mattress machinery manufacturers are generally dominating on full lines of mattress machinery and there are some good and prestigious names such as Ümit Makine, Mert Makine, Elektroteks, Veysel Kütüklü, Katermak, etc. When we look at the world we see some manufacturers’ names most common such as MPT Group, Black
Bros, Masias Maquinaria, Mammut, Albrecht, Amelco, Atlanta Attachment, Global Systems Group, Edgewater Machine, etc. The latest terminology for contemporary and innovative mattress machinery have features such as being “multifunctional,” “nimble” and “digital”. Still, the machines from the previous generation are still widely in use. The way beds are built has changed significantly thanks to advances in machinery. Assertive and competitive companies have been trying to develop new high-speed, problem-solving machines that make building today’s more complicated mattresses. Stretch knits, memory foam and gel foam all are components that got their start in specialty sleep, but now are commonplace in innerspring models, as well. Each poses particular challenges to mattress manufacturers, and machinery companies have worked hard to find solutions through decades.
Innerspring - the basic unit of mattress Innerspring is the basic unit of a mattress. A foundation mattresses or boxsprings lie directly beneath
the mattress, resting on the frame of the bed. There are different varieties of boxsprings. In some of them, spiked coil configuration is used where there is a spring system while torsion bars are used for giving support in others. In yet another type of boxspring, no springs at all are used and it consists of a built-up wooden frame. From among these, the boxsprings having spiked coil design are the most common ones. The spiked coil design boxspring is made by attaching the bottom of each coil to a flat wooden frame. A wire grid is placed on top of the springs in an aligned manner and is locked manually. A thin layer of upholstery is attached at the top. If, however, the intended boxspring
contains no springs, it consists of a wooden frame that may or may not have a layer of upholstery attached to its top. The frame is usually inserted into a pre-sewn cover that encases the top and sides of the unit, regardless of the internal composition. A matching fabric border is applied to the sides, and a dust cover is also added to the face. In most of the cases, a mattress manufacturer does not make the innerspring units. The work is outsourced and these units are made by the specialized firms. Once these completed innerspring units are received, the work of at the mattress factory begins. The textile furnishing layers are affixed to the innerspring manually. There are essentially two upholstery layers, the insulator and the cushioning layers. The insulator is affixed directly onto the innerspring and prevents the next layer, the cushioning layer, from molding to the coils. While the insulator used
is almost standard, the number of cushioning layers differs widely in number. These cushioning layers range from two to eight layers and from a quarter inch to 2 inches (0.63 to 5 cm) in thickness. These cushioning layers determine the feel and comfort of the end product. The core mattress is given an attractive exterior by decorative mattress cover. The cover is manufactured with the help of quilting machines having a multitude of needles that stitch the cover to a layer of backing material. The quilted fabric is cut into panels that are attached to the top and bottom of the mattress. The side panels are often cut from the same quilted fabric but sometimes it is made separately on a border machine. Flanges are the connecting panels that are attached to the quilted cover of the mattress with the
help of hogs rings which are large, round staples. The flanges are attached to the top and bottom panels with the help of a specially modified sewing machine and the hogsâ€™ rings are stapled to the flanges. During the closing operation, the hogsâ€™ rings are secured to the innerspring unit. Closing operation is very critical which needs highly skilled execution. A movable sewing head that is mounted on a track is used for the closing operation. The Tape edge operators manually feed the top, bottom, and side panels and a heavy duty binding tape into the sewing machine as it moves around the mattress. It highly depends on the skill of the operators to feed just the right amount of each material into the machine in order to get the end product of a professional standard. Some of very high quality mattresses may also have a pillow-top on them. A panel filled with soft upholstery is attached to the top panel of the mattress. Pre-quilted pillow top is, then, taped to the mattress.
TETSIAD and ITHIB focus on the future of the Turkish home textile exports
ISTANBUL-As known, the Turkish home textile industry is one of the world leaders with its wide range of products and superior quality in home textile production, especially in the production of towels, bed sheets and covers, curtains, tulle, embroidery, guipure and quilt covers. Turkey has the largest machine park for the production of both embroidery and guipure in the world.
Yasar Küçükçalık, Chairman, TETSIAD
Ismail Gülle, Chairman, ITHIB
Yasar Küçükçalık, Chairman, TETSIAD-The Association of Turkish Home Textile Industrialists and Businessmen and Ismail Gülle, Chairman, ITHIB- Istanbul Union of Textile and Raw Material Exporters
have recently organized a joint meeting, focusing on the future of the Turkish home textile exports. During the meeting, the major issues of the Turkish home textile sector from A to Z were elaborated by the leading industrialists of the sector. Yasar Küçükçalık, Chairman, TETSIAD pointed out that cotton and the related industries have played a significant role in the development process of The Turkish home textile sector, ranking the third in the world. Majority of the home textile exports totaling 3.5 billion dollars are based on towel and bed lining exports. So, cotton based industries should be supported and upgraded efficiently. Ismail Gülle, Chairman, ITHIB noted that Turkey, being the 6th largest textile and the 4th largest home textile exporter of the world, should diversify its commodity groups and export markets. “Turkey should also put emphasis on Iranian market more than ever.“ he said. He further added that thanks to the quality and the positioning of the sector worldwide, Turkish home textile sector would further enhance its producer country image with new brands and continue being an indispensable country in this sector. During the meeting, participated by TETSIAD and ITHIB the following points were underlined:
-Turkey should restructure its cotton policy and the related industries. -Domestic production should be encouraged in textile sector. -Fairs and exhibitions should be upgraded in with the needs of the sector. - Regional investment incentives should be given an impetus. -Iranian market should be targeted more than ever. -Brand-new projects should be increased to
launch brand new products. Today the Turkish home textile industry is aware of the trend in international markets towards the increasing demand for healthier and more environmentally friendly products and quickly adapts itself to developments in legal and technical regulations. Many manufacturers in the sector are able to produce in quality and environment management systems.
Trevira fill fibers for bedding
Trevira Bioactive fabrics for the home textiles sector are used in bedding, curtains and drapes, upholstery fabrics and fill materials for pillows and duvets.
The antimicrobial properties make Trevira Bioactive an ideal basis for household textiles such as hand cloths and towels.
Home and contract textiles in Trevira Bioactive
Bedding is one of only a few textiles where the body is so very conscious of the feel of the material. The quality of pillows and duvets is a decisive factor in determining the sleep climate, and therefore our sense of well-being daily. The materials are in direct contact with the skin - making what they have inside them a matter of some importance. Fill materials in Trevira are dedicated 100% to ensuring healthy and comfortable sleep. They are breathable, their bulk creates volume and the air protects against the cold while retaining the warmth.
Trevira Fill - the light hollow fiber Each Trevira hollow fiber has a fine air channel running through it. This makes it light - 10, 000 meters of Trevira Fill weigh only 6 grams - at the same time enabling it to achieve 15 % higher bulk volume than normal fill fibers. This results in ideal moisture conductance and very good air circulation. Easy care The very good wash behavior of
Trevira Fill assists the healthy cleanliness. The fibers meet the highest demands in terms of hygiene. They are totally washable and to some extent can be boiled as well, and they can also go in the spin and tumbler dryer.
Permanently antimicrobial Trevira fibers in the Trevira Bioactive variant contain an additional additive with antimicrobial properties. The agent is firmly and indelibly integrated in the fiber polymer and remains unaffected either by washing or usage. Trevira Bioactive is always ideal where particular importance is attached to cleanliness. The antimicrobial function prevents the growth of bacteria in and on textiles where microorganisms often find an ideal climate, due to the warmth and damp. The antimicrobial agent cannot migrate into the environment, so that the natural skin flora is not affected. In its textile characteristics Trevira Fill Bioactive has all the advantages of normal Trevira Fill fibers.
Trevira Bioactive is always at home where a healthy living climate is of importance. Due to the moistness and warmth bacteria often find ideal conditions for growth in bedding and household textiles. It is a fact that these textiles are used for long periods and without daily cleaning. With its permanent antimicrobial effect in and on the fiber Trevira Bioactive offers an important additional function for home and contract textiles. It combats the spread of bacteria in and on the fiber, meaning that textiles stay fresh for longer. In a permanently flame retardant version the antimicrobial fibers and yarns offer the ideal basis for safety textiles with extra functionality.
Caring for a mattress
After investing in a right mattress you need to follow some instruction for right usage. Better Sleep Council has some important advices for this:
Rotate it. Unless your mattress care instructions indicate otherwise, you may want to periodically rotate your mattress from end-to-end and from top-to-bottom.
Proper Installation. Make sure your new mattress and foundation are properly installed in your home. Improper installation can damage your new sleep set. If you choose to transport and install on your own, ask the store personnel to give you some tips to help you avoid problems.
Use a protective pad. A good quality, washable mattress pad (and one for the foundation, too, if you like) is a must to keep your set fresh and free from stains. Let it breathe. If you detect a slight â€œnew productâ€? odor, leave the mattress and foundation uncovered and well ventilated for a few hours.
A breath of fresh air should do the trick! Give it good support. Be sure to use a sturdy, high-quality bed frame. If it’s a queen or king size set, make sure your frame has the strong center support that will prevent the mattress from bowing or breakage. Don’t dry clean. The chemicals in dry cleaning agents/spot removers may be harmful to the fabric or underlying materials. Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method. But if you’re determined to tackle a stain, use mild soap with cold water and apply lightly. Do not ever soak a mattress or foundation. Don’t remove the tag. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not illegal to remove the law tag, but the information on the label will serve as a means of identification should you have a warranty claim. It’s not a trampoline. Don’t
let the kids jump on your sleep set. Their rough-housing could do damage to the interior construction of your bed, as well as to themselves! No boards, please. Never put a board between the mattress and foundation. It may enhance the sense of support for a while, but it will only make the problem worse over time. When any bed in your home has reached the “board stage,” get rid of it. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Again, be sure to follow any specific guidelines from your manufacturer for the best method of mattress care. Out with the old. Now that you’ve treated yourself to a new sleep set, arrange to have your old bed removed and disposed of. Don’t give it to the kids, relatives, guests or neighbors. If it wasn’t good enough for you, it isn’t good enough for anyone else. Throw it out!
TENCEL - first medically tested fiber TET – SCHAD TES ST GE
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Bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being
The Lenzing Lyocell fiber TENCEL® is the first fiber to be medically tested according to the FKT test method criteria for body compatibility and toxic substances. The Lyocell fiber TENCEL® stands for skin-sensory properties in many products. Particularly in the home textiles market, these properties are essential in bed linens when it comes to the end consumer’s buying decision. Textiles which come into contact with the skin should satisfy the highest standards. Lenzing has taken the first important step with this test by KFT, the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien e.V. Thus TENCEL® is the first fiber which may use the FKT label “MEDICALLY TESTED – TESTED FOR TOXINS”. “Sleep is critical to good health,” Dr. Susanne Jary, Director Home & Interiors at Lenzing, explains. “A medically proven starting material such as the TENCEL® fiber promotes good health. Above all, bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being,” Jary continues. “For this reason, it is extremely important to us that our fiber satisfies the criteria of the FKT label and is thus a pre-requisite for health-friendly home textiles.”
Lenzing’s pride for revolutionary textile materials. (left to right) Robert van de Kerkhoff - Lenzing AG; Susanne Jary - Lenzing AG; Michael Doser - Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien
Cooperation with FKT to promote body compatible textiles “Cooperation with Lenzing is an important step to establish the FKT label in the textile industry,” Prof. Dr. Michael Doser, Board Member of the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien, explains. “The FKT label is a reliable quality characteristic for strictly scientific and independently tested textiles,” he says. FKT awards the label “MEDICALLY TESTED - TESTED FOR TOXINS” which is a reliable quality label for textiles that don’t release any
chemicals that may irritate the skin or damage a person’s health. This unique combination of tests for harmful substances and for sensitive effect-based body compatibility provides double tested safety. The manufacturers of high-quality textiles use this scientific certification to verify their quality standards and build a high
degree of confidence with their end customers. These high-quality testing standards ensure that the TENCEL® fiber meets the strictest skin compatibility tests in line with the approval criteria for medical devices. This generates trust and transparency in and for the end consumer and offers considerable influence when it comes to the decision to buy the textile.
Counting down for “Sleep Well Expo”, Istanbul
From machinery to chemicals, mattress production lines, raw materials, accessories, components and all about sleep products industry… Sleep Well Expo Istanbul will host all of them at Istanbul Trade Center. After the successful premiere of the fair in 2014, it was scheduled to be at the same venue but instead of 2 halls and the big foyer, there will be an extra hall at the second edition, October 22-25, 2015.
The Turkish sleep products industry has been prospering fast at all aspects from mattress to machinery, from pillows to quilts, from box spring to headboards. It adapts the latest trends and technologies. As the Turkish housing construction sector developing very fast and the population is growing faster, new houses are being built at a tremendous number and the need for filling these houses is growing considerably. Sleep products are among the basic needs of these needs. The industry has been growing also in line with the living conditions of people on the one hand; it has been growing in line with people being more conscious for better sleep products on the other. The organizer has started to sell spaces and many exhibitors rebooked their stands including Boyteks, Form Sunger, Boycelik, BRN, Allbeco, Milkay, Sefox, Nerteks, Siteks, Stilo Yatak, Kirayteks, Latexco, Tempo Yatak, Mavera Kimya, Feryal Fermuar, Dogus Ofset, Kayteks, Ersan Madeni Esya, Elit Medikal, Polya Yatak, Giz Grup, Jakarteks, Niron Yatak, Pomax, MKR Tekstil, Palmflex, SPM Sunger, Umit Makina, Elektroteks, Katermak, ISM Makina, Onur Kapitone and many moreâ€Ś
As the first and the only fair in its field in Turkey, SLEEP WELL EXPO is a show bringing mattress main industry, sub-industry, machinery and components industry professionals together. The fair is an excellent platform to launch and to see the latest technologies, innovative products and latest collections. To be held on October 22-25, 2015, the fair was introduced in 2014 and the premiere edition was welcomed very well by the industry. The show brings all professionals of the sleep products industry together and visitors come from all parts of the world especially from the neighboring countries. The fair attracted especially the interest of those world brands who want to sell to the Turkish market, and those who want to invest in and penetrate into Turkish market. The CEOs of the world mattress industry, top officials, purchasing managers,
Omer Faruk Gorun, Project Manager of Sleep Well Expo, â€œWe believe that in a short time the show will pull companies from all world and will be one of the best shows in the sector in a few years.â€?
manufacturers, consumers, domestic and foreign representatives and dealers all attend the fair. The Sleepwell Expo Show embraces and brings all collaborators of the sector together. It is a real trade platform for all branches including the main industry, the supply industry, machinery and equipment industrialists. As the only specialty fair in its field in Turkey, Sleep Well Expo has been an ideal venue for the whole industry in its 2014 premiere edition with the participation of 67 exhibitors of which 8 were foreigners and 5,171 visitors. Turkey is en emerging and stabile market with its fast growing population, advantageous location and developing economy. The mattress industry, mattress machinery and equipment are among the fastest growing sectors in Turkey. The developments experienced in the sector and the innovations, the collaboration among industrialists are the important factors motivating the improvement of the mattress
and bedding industry in Turkey. All these positive developments urged a fair in the industry and thatâ€™s how SLEEPWELL EXPOâ€? show was born. It is held at the opposite side of Istanbulâ€™s most famous international airport, Ataturk International Airport from where you can get the exhibition grounds in a few minutes. It is almost very clear that the fair will be one of the strongest fairs in the bedding industry worldwide in the very near future. The industry imports a lot, too. Turkey is a good market for machinery, some types of mattresses and raw materials. The first and only fair dedicated to the sleep products industry in Turkey, SLEEP WELL EXPO ISTANBUL was held April 17-20, 2014 and recorded a huge success which almost all industry professionals applause. Now the second edition of the fair is shaping up. Over 70% of exhibitors have already booked their spaces according to the officials of Voli Fair Organization, the organizers of the show. The fair
was scheduled to be at the same venue but instead of 2 halls and the big foyer, there will be an extra hall at the second edition, October 22-25, 2015. Stating that the fair attracted a great deal of interest from domestic market and by companies from different countries, Omer Faruk Gorun, Project Manager of Sleep Well Expo outlined, “Sleep Well Expo covers the mattress main industry, sub industry, machinery and equipment. The venue of this important fair is Istanbul Expo Center, which is exactly facing the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. When an exhibitor or a visitor arrives at Istanbul by air, he or she could even walk to the exhibition ground. The premiere edition of this annual event was held in April 17-20, 2014. As the first of its kind in Turkey, Sleep Well Expo contributes to Turkey’s being a production hub for the mattress industry. Sleep Well Expo will host a professional platform where the latest technologies and products will be showcased altogether. Because of ever increasing value of mattress and other sleep
products the fair will be an important organization which will bring once again leading companies and reps of the industry together. Many international companies doing business with Turkey in this industry have already shown their interest in the fair which will bring together CEOs, top level officials, purchasing managers, producers, consumers, foreign and domestic dealers and representatives. Product groups of the fair include Turkish mattress producers, mattress importers, furniture and mattress stores, foreign mattress producers, sub-industry products, mattress and quilting machinery and equipment, etc. The visitor portfolio includes experts and high-level officials of the private sector, buyers from different sectors to realize projects, businessmen, investors, mattress industry authorities, dealers and representatives, chambers of commerce, associations, furniture manufacturers, purchasing officials of tourism, hotel and hospitality industry, etc.” There will be seminars and different activities related to new products, technologies and applications. Istanbul unites its natural beauties with its historical and cultural wealth and modern infrastructure, ascending in world league as the new favorite city for international organizations. Istanbul has an historical and cultural heritage acknowledged by the whole world. Apart from its historical and natural beauties the city is quite assertive with its hotels, fair, congress and meeting halls at world standards. The visitors coming for meetings, congresses and fairs have the opportunity to experience the eastern and the western cultures together amongst the artworks reflecting a history of thousands of years.
Sefa Kimya known as SEFOX Adhesives â€“ Turkeys biggest adhesive manufacturer
Operating in the adhesives sector since 1972, Sefa Kimya, famous for its brand name SEFOX, has grown and become a well-known company in Turkey and about 30 countries all over the world. Mr. Ramazan Celik, general manager of SEFOX outlined their operations and the company as follows:
SEFOX’s vision for 2023 and review of 2014 At the beginning of this year, one of our goals for 2014 was to further expand. After passing the first half of 2014, we can proudly say that we have achieved great things, and are therefore coming even closer to our SEFOX Vision for 2023.
What is SEFOX’s vision for 2023 We are on a good way to become the number-1 adhesive producer in Europe by 2023. We will be a sought after brand on the market. Beside the European market, we actually export to 40 countries, and until 2023 we will extend this to 100 countries in 5 continents. In the meantime, we will expand our turnover to 100 million dollars.
Ramazan Çelik, General Manager of Sefox
Expansion of sectors Amongst our existing costumers, very strong and many new sectors are represented. Our aim is to become the leading supplier for the textile, packaging, sanitary, automotive, shoe and medical- sectors. All of these major works cannot be accomplished without departments with good structure. It is very important for us to have strong R&D and sales teams.
Focusing on Hotmelt â€“ Why? Sefox Hotmelt is one of the best adhesives in Europe. It has adhesion strength, high heat resistance and filamentous property. It offers long-lasting trouble-free bonding experience to users. Sefox Hotmelt is suitable not only for manual application but also for automated application.
Adventages of Sefox Hotmelt One of the main advantages is the solvent â€“free feature of Hotmelt. Hence, it does not pollute the environment and eliminates the risk of fire as it is not harmful to human health. Working with Hotmelt is also hygienic, smokeless and odorless It speeds up the production of automated systems due to strong bonding properties on first grip.
Furthermore, Hotmelt is 100% solid substance thus it prolongs the shelf life and it provides easy storage. It provides excellent adhesion to rough surfaces by padding during the application. Hotmelt allows working at all weather conditions without any problems because it is not affected by weather conditions. Our Product range includes Polyolefin, SIS and EVA -based Hotmelts.
Waterbased adhesive Besides the different Hotmelt types we have a wide range of solvent-based adhesives. The demand for water-based adhesives is high. We will satisfy this demand; therefore our R&D team is working on SEFOX water-based adhesives. Our goal for the first half of the year 2015 is toÂ bring SEFOX water-based adhesives on the market.
Naturepedic Wins Cribsie “Healthiest Crib Mattress” Award Naturepedic’s commitment to healthier materials has earned it numerous awards and accolades. The company’s crib mattresses have more awards than all other brands combined.
Chagrin Falls, OH (PRWEB) Naturepedic, maker of independently certified organic mattresses, bedding, and accessories for adults, children and babies, is proud to announce it has garnered yet another award: the Cribsie Award in the Healthiest Crib Mattress category. The Cribsie Awards recognize top products and services for babies and toddlers.
Barry A. Cik, founder of Naturepedic
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numerous awards and accolades. The company’s crib mattresses have more awards than all other brands combined. Awards and recognitions in 2014 included:
•Eco-Friendly Product of Year Award in Baby & Toddler Eco-Friendly Products Category Organic Trade Association •Naturepedic founder Barry A. Cik wins Organic Trade Association’s “Rising Star” award Las Vegas Market
•Global Goodness Award
•Top Choice of Year Award in Baby & Toddler Mattress Category
The company and its products are featured in the Environmental
Media Associationâ€™s video series A Life Less Toxic, featuring actress Amy Sharp and home improvement celebrity Carter Oosterhouse.
Naturepedic provides certi-
An advocate for healthier materials, Naturepedic frequently participates with like-minded organizations in working toward change. Company founder Barry A. Cik recently was a featured speaker in a panel discussion on flame retardant alternatives at the Midwest Bioeconomy Safer Products Summit. In 2014, the company participated in a Twitter campaign with Just Label It supporting GMO labeling, and earlier that year Barry Cik testified before a congressional subcommittee on a need for changes to U.S. chemical laws.
also supports sustainable prac-
fied organic mattresses and bedding products for the whole family. A leader in environmental stewardship, the company tices in the U.S. and abroad. Naturepedic sources its organic cotton and organic latex according to strict environmental and labor standards, and it is one of the few mattress companies in the U.S. to be certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Naturepedic actively supports the local Amish community, employing Amish craftspeople and donating returned products and unused raw materials for their further use.
Spinks Springs supplies the footwear industry with unique micro pocket springs
The mattress for your feet Award winning UK pocket spring manufacturer, SPINKS SPRINGS has been working over the last 18 months with new footwear company SPRINGURU, to develop an exciting new casual shoe concept. The shoes feature innovative micro spring technology, which is only Âžâ€? high and is embedded into the sole of the shoes. These conical springs are precision placed and pre-compressed in
their fabric pockets by an ultrasonic welding process. Each pair of SPRINGURUs contains 34 micro pocket springs. SPINKS SPRINGS are part of the Harrison Spinks Group of companies who also manufacturer in the USA through their joint venture with HSM Solutions. SPRINGURU is launching with one distinctive
unisex design for both men and women. The lace-less upper is made of a stretch ballistic nylon which is tough and breathable and custom conforms for a perfect fit. The shoes look as ‘springy’ and ‘comfy’ as they feel and the outsole design is a nod to the mattress heritage of the pocket spring component. “This is such an exciting project for Spinks Springs, we have been testing and developing our springs for some time now, so it’s great to see them in the finished shoe.” noted Darren Marcangelo, Spinks Springs commercial director. “Not only do the shoes look great, but they feel absolutely superb, unlike any other shoes.” The micro spring concept in footwear has been extensively tested at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK through a government funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Other shoes provide a cushioning or ‘damping’ effect by using EVA in the midsole. However SPRINGURUs midsole construction deploys a ‘spring and damper’ arrangement, much like you would find in a car suspension system. Jim Richards, Professor of Biomechanics at University of Central Lancashire, says, “This is a much more efficient arrangement and can lead to reduced impact forces and improved loading rates”. The concept is being launched on the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter. Backers can pre-order a first edition pair to be amongst the first people in the world to experience SPRINGU-
RU’s unique ‘spring in your step’ sensation.
About Spinks Springs SPINKS SPRINGS is part of the Harrison Spinks Group, which encompasses three quality UK bed brands -- Harrison, Somnus and Spink & Edgar -- as well as the SPINKS SPRINGS component brand, the trading name for Harrison Spinks Components. With high-end bed and mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks, the company makes and designs high- quality comfort microcoil pocket springs for sale worldwide through its components business. Harrison Spinks employs nearly 400 people, operates five factories in Leeds, along with a 300-acre farm, where it grows natural, non-woven materials, such as hemp, flax and wool for mattresses.
Improved hygiene protection for wool and other textiles containing wool Scientists develop wash-resistant antimicrobial treatment for protein fibers
Woollen textiles are washed less frequently than those made of other fibers because of their felting tendency. For that reason, an antimicrobial treatment can be very useful, for example on a business suit made of wool.
BÖNNIGHEIM - As part of an IGF research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim and the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and other textiles containing wool.
Many of the antimicrobial treatment substances available on the market today are very effective on cotton, polyester, polyamide and those kinds of mixtures of fibers. By contrast, antimicrobial substances are often not effective at all, or only to a very limited extent, on
wool and mixed fibers containing wool. And yet an antimicrobial protective treatment would be particularly desirable here, because textiles containing wool are generally washed less frequently than textiles made from other fibers, due to the felting tendency of woolen
Producing an SA/TSA colloidal complex: a) Stage 2 (adding drops of CaCl2 solution) b) Isolated SA/TSA (1:10) filtrate. © Hohenstein Institute
fibers. Especially in the outdoor and sports sectors, wool is currently experiencing a real renaissance, so Mihaela Szegedi, Project Leader at the Hohenstein Institute, sees that as a particularly attractive area of application for this innovative textile finish: “By combining the use of different antimicrobial substances and technologies, we have achieved a really wide range of effectiveness. This will
as “layer-by-layer” coating. The two research institutions pursued two different approaches in parallel. At the Hohenstein Institute, researchers concentrated on producing a
colloidal dispersion of mixed substances (a colloidal complex) in an aqueous dispersion medium. This is what a suspension is called
be especially of interest to manufacturers of high-quality functional textiles containing wool. However, we also see great potential for classic business suits or ladies’ suits made of wool or mixed fabrics containing wool, as well as domestic and furnishing textiles.” To find the best formulation, the researchers studied the combined use of ionic biopolymers, cationic polyelectrolytes, materials like silver and zinc and technologies such
Antimicrobial effectiveness of treatments consisting of colloidal layers (zinc, SA/TSA complex) after 5-25 wash cycles (domestic wash, 40°C) against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bioindicators. ©Hohenstein Institute
By combining the use of different antimicrobial substances and technologies, the scientists were able to achieve an antimicrobial treatment that was widely effective.
in which the antimicrobial particles (1nm < size > 1μm) consist of two substances: the ionic biopolymer alginate (SA) and a type of silane quat (the cationic tetraoctadecyl silicon ammonium compound (TSA)). The experts at the Hohenstein Institute worked out the best ratio for the concentration of the two components, SA:TSA, and how to find the best way of applying and fixing ultra-thin layers to textile substrates.
and 1b) from different SA:TSA % weight ratios, the antimicrobial effectiveness of the SA/TSA colloidal complexes was studied. The interaction with the fiber substrates was tested by measuring zeta potential and the pre-prototype was optimized to improve wash permanence.
The DWI developed a hydrogel coating made of polyamines and silver colloids and studied the effectiveness of the silver-release layers that were produced in situ in the treatment of pure woolen fabric and in fiber mixes.
By using application techniques such as high-temperature exhaust and cold-pad-batch processes, followed by drying/fixing, alternating layers of the polyamine hydrogel, the silver colloids and the polyelectrolyte layers (SA, TSA) were applied and the range of effectiveness was evaluated at both research centers using different assessment matrices.
Following a two-stage gel cross-linking reaction to produce the colloidal complex (Figures 1a
The tests showed that by combining two active components (silver ions and Si- quats) the growth
of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) on wool and on wool and polyester blends could be greatly reduced. The application of silver-release layers (Ag/ polyamine), polyelectrolyte (SA) and Si-quat layers (TSA) resulted in a finish that had a synergistic effect. The disadvantages of a combined treatment based on silver-release layers and alternating polyelectrolyte layers are discoloring and limited wash permanence. In the research project, a treatment based on colloidal complexes was developed for the first time specifically for wool and WO and PET fiber blends. By applying colloidal layers of the SA/TSA complex (in a 1:2 ratio), together with a colloidal zinc- pyrithione formulation over the sol-gel coating, a strong antimicrobial effect was achieved
Woollen test fabric treated with silver colloid and SA/TSA complex: pickled (left), untreated (middle), felt-free (right). ©Hohenstein Institute
which lasted even after 25 wash cycles (Figure 3). Here, too, in addition to the wash permanence, a wider spectrum of effectiveness against bacteria and fungi was noted as a result of combining the two active components. It was found that the effectiveness against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bioindicators can be increased by a higher proportion of TSA. Analysis by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and ATR-IR spectroscopy indicates that the interaction of the anionic polyelectrolyte SA with the TSA silane-quat components leads to the formation of colloidal structures (micelles) or silesquioxane oligomers as a result of electrostatic interactions. Combining the use of the aqueous SA/TSA complex and colloidal silver in an exhaust process, or of commercial zinc-based colloids in a Fou-
lard process, leads to a wide range of effectiveness and excellent hygiene protection for products containing wool. This means that products based on animal protein fibers can be protected against the destructive effect of fungi, algae and bacteria. Woolen textiles that are frequently exposed to moisture can also be protected by this treatment from material damage such as mold or rotting. This kind of synergistic treatment for textiles with a high woolen fiber content can be of great benefit to textile manufacturers (domestic textiles, upholstery materials), insulation producers, hosiery manufacturers and other fabric producers.
Companies in the technical textile sector, whose product range includes woolen fiber blends (car seats), will also be able to benefit from the advantages of antimicrobial protection. The specific formulations that are used are already licensed under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation and can therefore be used as a combined treatment (based on aqueous colloidal dispersions) by textile finishing companies.
A trusted partnership for increased sustainability in the textile chain Internal quality management and control mechanisms from the OEKO-TEX® Association to ensure compliance with the stipulated criteria Zurich – Since 1992, OEKO-TEX® has supplied brands, manufacturers and retailers with an extensive product portfolio providing targeted support for companies implementing human-ecological product safety and sustainable production conditions. The concept behind the individual certifications/services and their subsequent further devel-
The laboratory tests for the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 are carried out exclusively in OEKO-TEX® member institutes in Europe and Japan to ensure a consistent worldwide testing level.
opment are based on three central requirements: They are available worldwide and applicable at every stage of production in the textile chain, optimally tailored to the needs of the textile industry and adhere to the principle of continuously improving any achievements that are already in place.
To ensure compliance with the necessary criteria is achieved in practice, OEKO-TEX® operates an extensive quality management system and inspection policy that actively demands operational responsibility on the part of the participating companies and covers a wide range of internal processes. The 16 OEKO-TEX® member
Misuse of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificates is prevented thanks to a unique bar code on the document which makes the information on the certificate, including any other certification processes that are related to the certificate, fully traceable.
institutes are highly specialized organizations with comprehensive expertise in every area of the textile sector, and in most cases have decades of experience in research and textile quality testing. All of the OEKO-TEX® institutes have received accreditation for their independent testing departments and their competence in accordance with ISO 17025. This common basis and ethical policy alone are enough to ensure that all of the test results achieved and audit assessments carried out are standardized and consistent.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Test criteria and a consistent testing level The criteria for harmful substance testing based on the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 are reviewed on a yearly basis and adjusted as necessary to comply with new laws
and scientific findings in order to increase consumer safety. The requirements are binding for all certification processes worldwide and the laboratory tests are carried out based on the same methodology in every OEKO-TEX® institute. To ensure consistent test results, the member institutes carry out regular round robin tests among themselves and must pass internal audits carried out by experts from other OEKO-TEX® institutes. Regular training from the OEKO-TEX® laboratory and audit teams also contribute to a consistently high testing and knowledge level. Technical experts from each OEKO-TEX® institute meet twice yearly to exchange experiences relating to the certification procedures carried out and research work for substances and testing methods as well as to discuss new requirements. This approach has helped the partici-
pating OEKO-TEX® institutes to establish a well-founded basis for the further development of the criteria catalogue. All OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests are also subject to a material-specific test system and are carried out exclusively in member institutes in Europe and Japan that have been authorized by OEKO-TEX®, ensuring that the assessments of the textile samples are always correct and objective in every standard procedure, including first-time certifications, certificate renewals and upgrades and control tests.
Quality management audits To help integrate the required test criteria into production to the greatest extent possible, on-site company audits form a mandatory part of first-time certification in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. Company audits are
then repeated in three-year cycles. At present, more than 3,500 quality management audits are carried out each year. In 2013/2014, for instance, there were 3,587 company visits in 69 countries worldwide. From these visits, only 16 companies failed to pass the audit, a rate of less than 0.5%.
Product controls For a number of years now, OEKO-TEX® has also carried out systematic product controls on a minimum of 25% of the certificates issued each year. As part of these controls, random samples of products marked with the “Confidence in Textiles” label are purchased from retailers and subjected to another laboratory test. For preliminary and intermediate stage textile products, samples are taken during production as part of the company audit and analyzed by the responsible OEKO-TEX® institute. The control tests are supplemented with unannounced company visits by auditors from the OEKO-TEX® Association, especially in the case of facilities in countries of production where there have been complaints regarding product conformity. These companies are also subject to a further audit. Positive findings from the control tests are assessed by OEKO-TEX® on both a country-specific and criteria-specific basis, and any anomalies are analyzed to ascertain their development. The introduction of across-the-board obligatory quality audits and the gradual increase in product controls (originally 15% of the issued certificates, then 20% and now 25% at minimum) have seen a significant reduction in the
Production facilities that are certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® must pass an initial company audit before the certificate is issued, and must then pass regular conformity audits afterwards. Depending on the scoring level achieved, there may also be further unannounced audits.
The new MySTeP database also allows you to verify the validity of existing OEKO-TEX® certificates and other detailed information.
rate of objected test parameters in recent years. Furthermore, our last appraisal from 2013/2014, involving 17,611 control tests carried out on items from 32 different product groups and 3,309 verified certificates from 61 countries, also highlights the fact that the overwhelming majority of the objected parameters were human-ecologically less critical test parameters such as compliance with color fastness levels or the pH value.
Protection against misuse Another cornerstone of OEKO-TEX® quality assurance is protection of trademark laws and forgery-proof documentation. Thanks to a 2D bar code, each OEKO-TEX® certificate (including any related certifications for individual components) can be fully traced by the OEKO-TEX® Association in a central register containing all of the existing certificates, ensuring that any freeloaders or frauds supplying incorrect documents are easy to detect. The newly developed MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® database also lets registered users from industry and retail to validate and manage the OEKO-TEX® certifications (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, STeP by OEKO-TEX®) of their suppliers in a credible manner. For any potential misuse (such as falsified labels, etc.), OEKO-TEX® employs its own expert who pursues any detected violations at an international level so that legal steps can be initiated against the perpetrators as required. In terms of brand protection, the attentiveness of companies with OEKO-TEX® certification and the public is also not underestimat-
ed. For instance, an interactive validity check that is available on the OEKO-TEX® website serves as a helpful tool for all companies (including retailers) and consumers. By entering the certificate number or test number provided on the OEKO-TEX® label, you can view whether the certification is valid and read a detailed description of the certified item, including information about the OEKO-TEX® product class to which the item belongs. If any discrepancies are revealed, the affected companies and consumers are asked to contact an OEKO-TEX® representative immediately. This QM area is completed with the provision of comprehensive data protection for all of the technical/database systems required to support our customers.
STeP by OEKO-TEX® Production facilities that receive certification in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® for their environmentally friendly and socially responsible manufacturing conditions are audited by the responsible OEKO-TEX® institute for the first time once the online assessment is complete and before the certificate is issued. After that, regular conformity audits are carried out on all STeP facilities, as well as additional unannounced audits of companies that could reach only level 1 of the 3-level STeP scoring system used for the assessment. If any deviations regarding compliance with the required sustainability criteria are detected during these subsequent audits, the STeP certificate may be revoked.
Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC develops new trap with the goal of bed bug extinction
Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC has invented a unique trap designed to make all other methods of bed bug control obsolete. The company is seeking investors who want to build a business to meet the $450 million demand of this market.
Princeton Jct, NJ (PRWEB) - Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC has invented a nonchemical trap that stops bed bug bites on the first day and kills 100 percent of them in weeks. This new trap has been fashioned to make traditional methods of bedbug control, such as pesticides, vacuuming, organic remedies, zippered mattresses, and steam cleaning, obsolete. Dahai Dong, the companyâ€™s founder, said the ultimate goal is to force the bed bug into extinction. Dahai Dong invented the trap when his home was infested, and he needed to keep his sleeping area bed bug free. At first, he used various sticky tapes to build
a barrier around the bed, but the effort failed because the pests crawled over them. He then used fly-catching tape, but this effort also proved unsuccessful as the tape left an uncomfortable residual on his skin and blanket. His third design, however, was a success, resulting in a one-of-a-kind trap that formed an invisible barrier between the bed bugs and him. This trap, playfully called â€œBed Bug Terminator,â€? is a special cover placed directly on the bed. The cover is crafted with an edge of special double-sided tape, one which leaves no residue behind. It comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes,
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and the trap can be assembled in minutes with a few quick and easy steps. When bed bugs travel toward the bed, attracted by the warmth and carbon dioxide produced by the sleeper, the sticky edge ensnares them, ensuring they never reach their human meal. Since pests survive off blood alone, any trapped critters soon starve, preventing them from repopulating the home with future generations. The company’s method also includes extra double-sided tape to further protect the house. When placed on the bed’s headboard as well as chair and furniture legs, this tape provides an extra layer of defense against the infestation. Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap has received many questions about its products and bed bugs. Here is a list of FAQs and the company’s answers. Q: How do you stop bed bug bites within 24 hours? A: More than 99% bed bug feedings occur at night. This trap eliminates that chance. Bed bugs are not likely to seek food during the daytime. It is easy to keep one’s body free of bed bugs with some effort, such as applying sticky tape to furniture legs and taking a shower before sleep. If your body picks up a bed bug after sitting on a sofa, you can easily feel it and
notice the biting sign on your skin. Taking a shower and heating your clothes in the dryer will make your body bed bug free again. Q: I heard bed bugs can live for one year without a bloody meal. Is this true? A: Capture some bed bugs in a glass jar and leave the jar in your bedroom. You can watch the bed bugs feel the CO2 and crawl every night for food, but they will ultimately starve within in weeks. Bed bugs may live longer if in a refrigerator. Q: Do I need to use steam, chemical, vacuuming, or mattress encasing methods? A: To stop bites on the first day and kill 100 percent of bed bugs in weeks with negligible effort, you don’t need any of these methods. The problem can be solved by a one-time easy application of the Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap method. According to the Pest Management Professional, the bed bug control industry brought in a total revenue of $450 million controlling bed bugs in 2013. Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC is currently seeking investors who wish to develop this patent-pending product to build a business to serve this market demand. For further information about Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap, please visit
Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC is located in Princeton, New Jersey. The company was established with a motivation to reduce the typical cost of bed bug extermination, from $1,000–$10,000 down to a couple of hundred dollars. This inspired the company’s founder, Dahai Dong, to develop the Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap. After several versions, Dong finally succeed with a design that is unobtrusive for the user yet catches bed bugs and prevents them from crawling to the top of the bed. The story also tells why exterminators never had a chance to get rid of bed bugs so easily.
Heimtextil sang the same success song to the sector:
“You can stay under my umbrella!”
Hall 8 had a great many mattress and other sleep product exhibits.
With an increase of around three percent in the number of visitors, Heimtextil 2015 in Frankfurt am Main once again ensured the new furnishing season got off to a successful start. A good 68,000 trade visitors (2014*: 66,265) were very pleased with the high quality of the products and designs, and kept exhibitors busy throughout the fair. The 2,759 exhibitors from 68 countries (2014: 2,714 from 62 countries) were no less delighted with the orders placed by buyers. The further increase in the level of internationality – from 87 to 88 percent on the exhibitor side and from 67 to 68 percent on the visitor side – also ranks as a success factor for the trade fair. “This has been the most successful Heimtextil for many years and means
we have not only extended our lead as the world’s most important event for home and contract textiles but can also confirm the positive outlook for the economic climate. The significant increase in the number of affluent buyers once again demonstrates the high power of attraction exercised by our exhibitors and their products”, said a delighted Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. Martin Auerbach, Director of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry (Verband der Deutschen Heimtextilien-Industrie), confirmed that, “As the world’s biggest meeting place for the sector, Heimtextil is for us the most important indicator for the latest subjects, challenges and opinions in the worldwide market for home textiles. At the fair, the German home-textile industry gave a clear demonstration of the flexibility, energy and creativity with which it is reacting to the massive changes and challenges in the international market. At the same time, our discussions with buyers, designers, artisans and retailers from all around the globe were once again an incentive and a source of inspiration.” Claus Anstoetz, Managing Director of the JAB ANSTOETZ Group, praised the atmosphere at the fair: “As in the past, this year’s Heimtextil generated numerous potential customers and orders for Gardisette and JAB ANSTOETZ Systems. The ambience at the fair was extremely good.”
Particularly high level of satisfaction among international exhibitors The good figures were also confirmed by the very positive results of both the visitor and exhibitor polls. 95 percent of all visitors achieved their goals for the fair (an increase of two percent compared to 2014), which underscores the high standard of the companies exhibiting at Heimtextil. There were particularly large increases in the number of European visitors from Great Britain, Italy and Spain. From the Arabian Peninsula, more visitors came from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. An increased number of visitors also made their way to Frankfurt from overseas nations, such as Japan and the USA. As expected, there was a decline in the visitor numbers from the Ukraine and Russia.
New ‘Theme Park’ trend area a great attraction The new Heimtextil ‘Theme Park’ in Hall 4.0 proved to be a highly popular highlight – in the heart of the fair: “A clear and good trend show”, said Soizic Gilibert, proprietor and designer of Cosmic Zoo design studio from France. “I was able to gain valuable inspiration from the installations. Particularly interesting for me were the ethnic themes and the wide range of exhibitor fabrics.” In addition to the main parts, such as the ‘Material Gallery’ and the ‘Color Pavilion’, particular interest was shown in
the themed installations, such as the seven-meter high foot spa for the ‘hospitality’ segment and a 3D printer for making carpets in the ‘Technology Lab’. Virtual-reality glasses for the retail sector also offered new perspectives by showing ways in which retailers can present textiles virtually and thus create a symbiosis between online and offline sales. “The aim of Heimtextil was to show the trends in a more comprehensible way”, said Anne Marie Commandeur of stijlinstituut Amsterdam explaining the ‘Theme
Park’ concept. The designer was responsible for the presentation of this year’s trend forecasts, which were prepared in advance of the fair by a Trendtable of renowned design agencies from six countries. “The trends should be suitable for use by different target groups and appeal to as many visitors as possible. We believe we achieved this goal and are delighted that the ‘Heimtextil Theme Park’ was so successful”, added Anne Marie Commandeur. “We are overjoyed that the ‘Heimtextil Theme Park’ has been such a great success. In fact, the ‘Theme
as part of the architecture. Buyers had the opportunity to look through a selection of 1,500 innovative fabrics that were spread around the entire ‘Theme Park’.” The lectures and the cinema were also very well attended while the ‘Theme Park’ was a lively meeting place for everyone wanting to exchange ideas and information with their colleagues. “Many visitors took their shoes off to warm their feet in the warm, fragrant salt of the ‘Foot Spa’ while bunches of visitors formed at the ‘Bonbon factory’, which opened up the trends to visitors’ sense of taste and smell. The vast majority
Park” proved to be a valuable source of inspiration for the many different visitor target groups at the fair. Continuing, Anne Marie Commandeur said, “Retailers and decorators found specific examples of how the latest textiles can be used and presented in a variety of settings, e.g., hotel rooms, living rooms and shop windows. In particular, journalists, bloggers and designers took advantage of the chance to speak with the designers working and exhibiting in the ‘Theme Park’. Architects were fascinated by the proportions and the design of the rooms, and how exhibitor products could be used
of visitors were greatly impressed and inspired by the ‘Theme Park’ and went away with the feeling of having discovered something worthwhile.” Premium segment for the bed, bathroom and table The premium products in Hall 11 were a source of exclusiveness, structure and orientation at Heimtextil 2015. The exhibitors in this hall made wonderful presentations and were able to reach their target group. Hall 8 had a great many mattress and other sleep product exhibits.
Wallpaper a trend theme The busy Hall 3.1 once again offered a transparent and inspiring ambience for international wallpaper companies. There, visitors encountered an incomparable selection of creative, innovative and exclusive products from the ‘wall’ segment. Customers have long since recognized that wallpaper is a very effective way of changing the whole atmosphere of a room for relatively little effort. Thus, the popularity of wallpaper is on an unstoppable upward curve. Reflecting the design presentations at the ’Theme Park’, Hall 3.1 was also the setting for a trend installation on the ‘wall’, a supplementary source of inspiration and information coupled with specific application examples for this segment.
Interaction and inspiration unlimited for the retail trade As in the past, Heimtextil 2015 was also characterized by a wide-ranging program aimed at the retail trade and interior decorators, which included not only the outstanding ‘Heimtextil Insider’ and ‘Bed’n Excellence’ visitor program but also numerous lectures, guided tours for visitors, award ceremonies and trend areas. In Hall 3.0, the Decoteam showed practical examples for decorating with the latest textiles At Webchance Academy 2.0, visitors could choose from a seminar and lecture programme covering the subjects of online business and marketing. The lectures ranged from a general introduction for e-commerce newcomers to detailed dis-
cussions for retailers with prior knowledge. Heike Fritsche, Director of the German Interior Decoration Association (Zentralverband Raum und Ausstattung – ZVR), underscored the significance of Heimtextil for the interior-decoration sector: “Thanks to its unrivalled range of products, Heimtextil is a must for the interior-decoration sector. As at previous editions of the fair, we welcomed many visitors wanting to find out more about the
vital subjects of quality, service and sustainability to our exhibition stand in Hall 5.1. A special highlight for our association was the première of the Knowledge Forum, a new lecture platform for expertise and discussion, which we initiated in cooperation with the German Association of Sworn Experts for Interior Decoration (Bundesverband der vereidigten Sachverständigen für Raum und Ausstattung e.V. – BSR). The Forum will be continued with different
themes in the future. Moreover, our location at Heimtextil was the perfect setting for sun-protection systems.” This was confirmed by Christian Sandkühler, Marketing Manager, Kadeco: “Heimtextil is the fair for interior decorators, our main customer target group, who account for around 80 percent of our sales. We also welcomed customers from Europe, many of whom are interested in the contract business. We presented our new plissé collections, as well as
numerous technical modifications and improvements in detail. Many of our new products were also to be seen in the ‘Theme Park’.
Design Live – the biggest platform for textile design Around 200 international studios presented their latest ideas at ‘Design Live’ in Hall 4.2, and once again formed the world’s biggest platform for textile design. All profited from the central position of the exhibition hall and from the great international interest in the unrivalled spectrum of designs to be seen. ‘New & Next’ – fresh design ideas for the bed, bathroom and table Start-ups and young designers presented product ideas by the coming generation of designers in the ‘New & Next’ area of Heimtextil 2015. Their home collections in Halls 9.0 and 11
were distinguished by fresh ideas and original creations. In this connection, some companies are also using sustainable methods of production.
Digital printing – efficient, flexible, sustainable and future-oriented The boom in the digital-printing segment continues unabated with the quota for digital textile printing expected to rise to five percent by 2017. In view of this, more room was made available for the subject at Heimtextil 2015. Thus, key players such as Epson Europe and Hewlett Packard, were located in an eye-catching, future-oriented setting in Hall 4.0 – in the heart of the Exhibition Centre and in the immediate vicinity of the new ‘Theme Park’ trend area. The product presentations by the various exhibitors were supplemented by the European Digital Textile Conference, which
was held for the second time in cooperation with WTiN (World Textile Information Network). “We welcomed an extremely international body of visitors and held good discussions with companies not only from Europe but also from Australia, Asia, the USA and Latin America”, said Richard Barrow, Senior Product Manager of Epson Europe. “Our position in Hall 4.0 was good because the nearby trends area and the Digital Print Area attracted visitors who are particularly interested in the latest design and product-technology developments.” In this connection, digital printing still has an enormous potential and – thanks to its contribution to more sustainable production through faster printing processes, significantly better color fastness, resource-friendly technology, dyes with eco-quality labels, e.g., GOTS – it is still in the early stages of market expansion.
Naturally sustainable Sustainability is nowadays an integral aspect of the products and services at Heimtextil. Both exhibitors and visitors appreciate the orientation aids provided, such as the ‘Green Directory’ and the ‘Eco Leaves’ on selected exhibitions stands, which help them find products with an ecological background. Heimtextil has also been making its own contribution to sustainability for many years via special presentations, lectures, a variety of publications and partnerships and a competition for newcomers to the sector. The ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’ spotlights an important subject in the modern textile and fashion industry and was given at Heimtextil 2015 for the third time to young creative personalities and their original upcycling objects for the interior. Heimtextil visitors could see the most creative ideas at a special exhibition in Hall 4.2. “The ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’ is a good opportunity for young designers wanting to become self-employed. And this is where the Heimtextil fair in Frankfurt helps”, explained Prof Jan Armgardt of Aachen University of Applied Sciences and member of the ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’ jury. “Young, up-andcoming designers are called upon to use production waste as the raw material for their ideas. The result is really interesting new products.” This year, the spectrum of activities oriented towards sustainability at Heimtextil was supplemented by the ‘Green Village’, a platform for label organisations, auditors and interest groups in this segment. The ‘Green Village’ provided visitors with information and brought greater transparency to the label landscape.
Heimtextil to begin a day earlier from 2016 Next year’s Heimtextil will begin and end a day earlier, on the Tuesday and Friday respectively. With this change, the Heimtextil management is complying with the wishes of many exhibitors and visitors. “For the retail trade, Saturday is an important sales day. In this age of increasing on-
line shopping, it is important that bricks-and-mortar trade retailers can offer their customers firstclass products and services. And, generally speaking, the most important day for this is Saturday”, explained Detlef Braun. The next Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main will take place from Tuesday, 12 January, to Friday, 15 January 2016.
The Sleep Sector Wakes up nd in Istanbul for the 2 time!
22 - 25 October 2015
Istanbul Expo Center / Yeşilköy
Mattress Main Industry, Sub-industry, Machinery And Equipment Fair
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Mattress Industry Terms 138
Source: ISPA, International Sleep Products Association
Adjustable base: An electro-mechanical or manual bed frame construction that permits the raising and lowering of the head and/or foot portions of the mattress.
Backing: Any fabric or sheeting material that is used during quilting to anchor the stitches. Batting: See Cotton Felt.
Airbed: An air mattress with a core that is an air-filled vinyl bladder. Better airbeds are multichambered, covered with cushioning, upholstered with ticking and sold with a foundation.
Bedding: Commonly used as a generic term for a mattress and foundation set, but may also apply to accessory items such as blankets, sheets, pillows, comforters, mattress pads, etc.
Anti-microbial fiber and foam: Treatment that inhibits the growth of microbial contaminates.
Bedding ensemble: A complete sleep support system, consisting of a metal frame or a bed, a founda-
tion and a mattress set. Bed frame: A metal or wood frame with legs used to support a mattress and foundation. Conventional height is 7-1/4 inches and the low-profile version is 5-3/4 inches when measured from the floor to the bottom of the foundation. Generally a headboard can be attached. Metal frames are sometimes known as a â€œHollywoodâ€? frame. Bedsprings: Open-spring or wire fabric box springs without uphol-
stery materials or cover. Binding tape: Fabric tape used to bind and close the mattress or foundation where the vertical and horizontal panels of outer ticking come together, providing the edge trimming for the mattress or foundation. See Tape and Tape Edge. Body impressions: Indentations occurring on the surface of a mattress over time, due to the compression of materials by the human body. Bonnell: A knotted, round-top, hourglass-shaped steel wire coil. When laced together with crosswire helicals, these coils form the simplest innerspring unit, also referred to as a Bonnell. Border: The vertical side or edge of a mattress or foundation. Prebuilt borders are constructed by stitching together the ticking, foam or other filling materials and a backing material. Commonly quilted or vertical-stitched. Border rod: A heavy gauge wire rod attached to the perimeter of the innerspring unit (top and bot-
tom) by means of a helical wire or metal clips. Boric acid: A chemical additive applied during the garnetting of cotton and/or other fibers to provide cigarette ignition resistance characteristics. Box spring: Also referred to as a “foundation.” A base for an innerspring mattress, consisting of coils or other forms of springs mounted on a wood or metal frame and secured with a wire-interlaced or welded-wire grid, topped with upholstery and insulating materials (felt, urethane or other resilient materials), and covered on the top and sides with ticking and on the bottom with a dust cover. It is an important part of a bed set since it serves as a shock absorber, distributes weight, and supports and interacts with the innerspring mattress to properly support the body. Box-top mattress: A mattress featuring a raised surface finishing treatment where a separate, sided and rectangular encasement of
soft materials–usually with a tape edge–is attached via a welt to the entire surface on top of existing cover and upholstery. Bunk bed: A two-tiered wood or metal frame designed to accommodate two mattresses, typically twin-size, one above the other. Some models allow the upper and lower units to be detached and used as separate beds. Bunkie: A mattress, usually twinsize, and platform base used on bunk beds. Cal 117: Refers to California Technical Bulletin 117, which specifies a vertical flame testing procedure for bedding and furniture component materials. Foam referred to as “Cal 117 foam” has passed this test. Carbon: The principal hardening element in steel. The higher the carbon content, the harder the metal and the more temper it will take, thus giving longer “memory.” Cellulose acetate pad: Woody fiber compacted into a pad and used as an insulator. May be glued or
sandwiched between plastic netting to help hold it together. Coil count: The number of coils in an innerspring unit. Though the count can effect weight distribution, it is not the determining factor for firmness. The count is usually based on the number of coils in a full-size unit. Coils: The individual wire springs that form an innerspring unit. See Hourglass, Continuous and Offset Coils. Coir pad: An insulator pad made from coconut husk fiber, garnetted, needled, bonded and pre-cut to size. Comfort system: Refers to the upholstery layers of the mattress, generally consisting of a combination of materials (cover, cushioning, topper pad, insulators, etc.). Conjugate polyester fiber: Spirally crimped fiber that is crimped chemically rather than thermally. Is very durable and resilient. Continuous coils: An innerspring configuration in which the rows of coils are formed from a single piece of wire. Conventional bedding products: Mattresses and foundations in the conventional adult sizes of twin, twin extra long, full, full extra long, queen and king. Convertible sofa: A sofa with a bed folded beneath the seating surface, generally consisting of a mattress resting on a metal mechanism. Also called “sleep sofa” or “sofa sleeper.” Convoluted foam: Better known as “egg-crate” foam that is specially cut to produce hills and valleys, giving gentle softness and more surface comfort. Foam surface treatment is available in multiple
patterns. Cornell test: Devised by Cornell University School of Hotel/Motel Administration. Designed to test cosmetic performance of bedding sets, such as body impression or support firmness. Two round surfaces are pounded into the finished product 100,000 times and checked periodically for failure or changes. Corner guards: Molded plastic or metal, (sometimes upholstered) fittings secured to foundation corners to prevent material damage from the bed frame. Cotton felt: Produced by a garnett machine which combs cotton and other fiber binders into a continuous web or layer. Several such layers combined are called cotton “batt”. For compressed cotton felt, thick layers of garnetted cotton fiber are mechanically compressed to reduce body impressions. Cotton linters: The short fibers adhering to the seed after the long staple fiber has been removed in the ginning process. Used in making cotton felt. Cotton pickers: “Fall out” from ginning or garnetting. These shorter staple cotton fibers are blended with linters to produce cotton felt. Crown: A convex surface on a mattress. Mattresses with a half-inch crown are a half-inch thicker at the center than at the edges. Cushioning: Materials that lie above the insulator and below the fabric covering in an innerspring mattress. These materials are typically combinations of polyurethane foam, cotton felt, and/or mademade fibers. Damask: Woven ticking produced on a loom that has yarns running at 90-degree angles to each other, the warp and the weft. The damask
design is woven into the fabric rather than printed on the surface. Density: A measure of weight per cubic volume, usually expressed in pounds per cubic foot. Often referred to when discussing foam. Double tempering: Heating of wire components, usually in an oven, after they have been given shape or form and have been electronically stress-relieved. Refers to tempering coils as well as border rods and helicals in a complete spring unit. Dual-purpose: A broad term used to include all sleep pieces, which can be converted to other uses, including: convertible sofas, high-risers, daybeds, futons, etc. See Convertible Sofa. Dust cover: A woven or non-woven fabric attached to the underside of a foundation to prevent the collection of dust inside. May also be known as “sheeting” or “cambric.” Edge guard: Generally an extra component added to the edge of a mattress and/or box spring to give support on the sides. Engineered edge support: A special design where the coils on the outer edge of an innerspring unit are actually positioned under the border rod. Most units have the coils recessed from the edge, which can contribute to a “roll out of bed” feeling. Euro-top mattress: A mattress featuring a raised, squared-off surface finishing treatment filled with soft comfort layers and attached to the mattress upholstery at the tapeedge. Fabric cover: Cloth or textile material woven, knitted or felted of any fiber or mixture of fibers. Often referred to as “ticking” or mattress fabric.
Fales pad: Compressed cotton felt that is stitched together to better retain compression. Fiber pad: Usually refers to manmade or natural fibers (wool, silk, etc.) that are garnetted, needled, carded and/or bonded together. Often used in quilting panels for mattress tops. Filler cloth: Refers to a plain fabric used on the top of a foundation instead of ticking. Commonly offers non-skid characteristics. Flanging: The process whereby a strip of fabric is sewn to the edge of the mattress cover and, in the assembly process, secured to the perimeter of the innerspring unit to prevent the cover and filling materials from shifting. Foam foundation: Consists of a built-up wood slat frame covered with a sheet of cardboard or similar material, topped with at least 2” of foam and covered with ticking.
Foundation: Any base or support for a mattress, sometimes used as a generic term for box spring. A foundation may be made entirely of wood or a combination of wood and steel or steel springs. See Box Spring and Foam Foundation. Futon: A Japanese-style mattress construction, consisting of a cover and filling material, which is typically cotton but can be innerspring and/or foam. Garnetting: A mechanical process whereby short cotton fibers and/ or other fibers are combed into a specific orientation and formed into a thin web, which are then layered to create a batting used as an upholstery material. See Cotton Felt. Gauge, coil: A measurement of the diameter of the steel wire used in coil construction. Wire gauge for innerspring coils range from 12.5 to 17. The higher the gauge, the thinner the wire. Gel foam: Generally a visco-elastic
foam that is infused with beads or swirls of gel during the foam pouring process. Hair pads: Horse tail or mane, cattle tail or hog hair, which has been processed and curled for use as a mattress or upholstery filler. Hammocking: An undesirable characteristic sometimes associated with worn out or low-end mattresses. When weight is placed in the center, the corners tend to rise and bow in response to deep compression much like a hammock. Terms “dish” and “sagging” also used to describe this phenomenon. Hand: Term used to describe the touch or feel of fabrics (e.g., soft, smooth, etc.). Hand-tied: The process of hand-lacing the coils in a box spring together with twine. Seldom used, this process has been replaced with modern technology and new designs.
Headboard: An upright unit of wood, metal, plastic, or upholstered material, to be attached at the head of a bed, usually with the bed frame. Helical: A tightly-coiled, elongated wire used in the manufacture of innerspring units to join individual coils to each other and to the border rod. High-contour mattress: Measures 9” – 13” thick. A mattress under 9” thick is considered “standard”; over 13” thick is considered “custom.” High riser: Usually a frame or sofa with two mattresses of equal size without a backrest. The frame slides out with the lower bed and rises to form a full bed or two single beds. Hog ring: Metal ring used to secure the insulator and flange material to the innerspring unit. Takes its name from its similarity to the metal ring in a hog’s nose. Hourglass coils: Coils that taper inward from top to middle and outward from middle to bottom, thus resembling an hourglass in shape. Employed in bonnell and offset coil
designs. Hybrid: Commonly used industry term for a mattress that combines an innerspring unit with specialty foams such as visco-elastic or latex.
knitting process (tricot) rather than weaving. Designs are printed onto the surface. Lacing wire: Finer gauges of wire used to form helicals.
Ideal weight distribution: Equalization of support in such a way as to eliminate pressure points that cause discomfort resulting in tossing and turning. Best achieved with coil on coil construction and properly designed insulation and cushioning material.
Latex: A flexible foam created from a water dispersion of rubber, either from the rubber tree (natural latex) or a man-made, petroleum-based product (synthetic latex). Most latex used in mattresses today is a combination of natural and synthetic latex rubber.
Innerspring unit construction (for mattresses): The spring construction used as the main support system inside an innerspring mattress. Some common types are: pocketed (see Marshall) and all metal (i.e., bonnell, offset and continuous wire).
LFK: An unknotted offset coil with a cylindrical or columnar shape.
Insulator: Any material used on top and bottom of an innerspring unit to prevent the upholstery layers from cupping down into the coils. Some common types are: a fiber pad, non-woven fabric, netting, wire mesh or foam pad. Knit: A basic polyester or nylon ticking fabric produced through a
Link fabric: A wire foundation for bedsprings, cots, studio couches, sofabed mechanisms and gliders. So called because the fabric is a succession of metal links. Marshall: A type of innerspring construction in which thin gauge, barrel-shaped, knotless coils are encased in fabric pockets. Also known as “pocketed coils.” Mattress: A manufactured product to sleep on, consisting of various resilient materials covered with an outer ticking. Comes from the Arabic term “matrah” meaning to throw
down. Early Arabs traveled with their bedding and threw it down on the ground or floor at night. Memory: The ability of tempered steel, foam or some fabrics to return to their original state after being compressed or stretched. Mesh: Plastic netting generally stretched across the face of an innerspring unit as an insulator. Microcoils: A low-profile metal spring unit, typically with individually wrapped coils, used in the top comfort layers of a mattress. Molded foam core (for mattresses): A core made of flexible foam is made in molds and used as the main support system in a foam mattress.
construction fabrics are produced. These fabrics are produced by garnetting fibers, entangling or inner-locking these fibers together by a series of needles and then mechanically bonding or fusing them together via heat to produce a fabric without glue or binders. Needlepunched pad: A manufacturing process used to produce insulator pads and non-woven fabrics whereby loose, garnetted fibers are inner-locked by a series of “needles.” This process usually requires additional bonding to keep the fibers in place.
Mounting: Attachment of a box spring unit to a wood or metal frame.
Offset coils: An hourglass type coil on which portions of the top and bottom convolutions have been flattened. In assembling the innerspring unit, these flat segments of wire are hinged together with helicals.
Needlepunched fabric: A manufacturing process for which high strength, lightweight, non-woven
Orthopedic: Generalized term to imply set gives proper postural alignment and support. Should not
necessarily mean hard or board feeling. Proper support with a degree of comfort to contour to the body is best. Panel: The part of the ticking that constitutes the top sleep surface of a mattress, as well as the bottom of a mattress on a two-sided bed. Pedestal-type metal or wood bed frame: A low-profile bed frame with a solid pedestal base underneath each side of the frame, instead of legs. Pillow-top mattress: A mattress featuring a surface finishing treatment where a separate encasement of soft materials is attached to the entire surface on top of existing cover and upholstery. Plus 4 edge: Two border rods engineered with one inside of the other and designed so that they make the edge 4% firmer than the balance of the sleep surface to eliminate that “roll out of bed” feeling and edge sag.
Straightline deflection: Pertains to mattress innerspring construction and refers to the constant ratio between stress and strain, weight and movement. The benefit is that constant support is provided regardless of the weight applied. No bottoming out of soft spots. Basically it means that two people of unequal weight, sleeping on the same mattress, receive the same support.
Pocketed coil: See Marshall. Polyurethane foam: See Urethane Foam. Print: A ticking fabric, which can be a woven or non-woven sheeting, commonly of synthetic fiber composition, on which a design has been printed. Quilting: The surface treatment in which the cover, foam and/or other fibers are sewn together, using various stitch patterns on quilting machinery, including scroll or panel quilters (single needle) and multi-needle quilters.
Stretch knit: A heavy-weight mattress ticking consisting of a top layer, bottom layer and filling material knitted together and intermittently stitched to keep the filling yarns stable.
Resilience: Surface liveliness and spring-back ability. Rollator test: An approximately 230 lb., six-sided roller is passed across a sleep set to determine the structural strengths or weaknesses of the set and components (i.e., foam or quilt failure, breaking of helicals and coils). The industry standard to duplicate the life of a mattress is 100,000 passes. Rollaway bed/cot: A portable metal bed/cot with a frame that folds in half with the mattress when not in use so it can be rolled away into a closet (or elsewhere) for compact storage. Sheeting: a woven or non-woven fabric other than knits that have a degree of sizing and are somewhat stiff.
spring frame. Also used in a bedstead to support the box spring. Sleep Products Safety Council hangtag: Used voluntarily by bedding producers since 1987, the safety hangtag program provides critical consumer information about the safe use of sleep products. Manufacturers certify that they use the tag only on mattresses that meet the Federal Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads.The tag is available in a hangtag or permanent label. Smooth top: A plain surfaced mattress, neither tufted nor quilted. Also called button-free.
Side rail: A metal or wood rail, which hooks into the outside edges of a headboard and footboard to provide the support base for a foundation and mattress.
Spring wire: Wire made from high carbon steel, characterized by toughness, strength and ductility. Typically furnished in 8 to 18 gauge for bedding industry applications.
Sisal: A product of the henequen plant formed into a pad and used as an insulator. Named after the. small port of Sisal in Yucatan.
Steel unit construction (for box springs): The spring construction used as the main support system inside a box spring.
Slats: Narrow strips of wood used to support the coils in the box
Stitch bonded pad: See Fales Pad.
Super zoned box spring frame: A support, generally wood, attached longitudinally to the underside of a foundation for added support where the main body weight rests. Another important structural point is that the vertical slats are turned on edge for added strength. This is extremely important on queen sizes and for 4-poster beds where typically no center support is provided. Also known as a “center rail.” Tape: Fabric material that closes over the rough-sewn edge where the top and bottom panels are joined to the border of a mattress or box spring. Tape edge: A specified type of sewing machine designed to stitch binding tape around the top and bottom edges of the mattress, joining the panels with the border and closing the mattress. Tempering: Heat treatment of wire to reduce brittleness. Accomplished by electric charge, oven heat or both. Also known as “stress relieved”. Ticking: Fabrics for covering mattresses and foundations. Common
types include: stretch knits, woven damasks, knits and nonwovens. Torsion bars: A type of spring system used in box springs characterized by square-shaped wire forms. Trundle bed: A low bed that is rolled under a larger bed. In some constructions, the lower bed springs up to form a full bed or two single beds as in a high riser. Tufting: Consists of passing twine, cords or tape vertically through the mattress from top to bottom, knotting and securing the loops thus formed with tufts, buttons, or lacing. The purpose is to hold the mattress filling in place. Uniflex grid: A steel wire grid used to bridge the “mouth” of the coils on an innerspring unit to prevent “pocketing” of insulation down into the coil and to eliminate “coil feel.” Also helps to distribute the body weight of a person. Urethane foam: Synthetic (chemically foamed) flexible urethane used for mattress cores and as a
cushioning material. As a core, it’s the main support system. Generic term covering both polyester and polyether foams. Ventilator: Metal or plastic screens attached to the sides and sometimes the ends of mattresses to permit the passage of air. Unnecessary with normal high quality materials used today, except for hospital type mattresses with wetproof covers. Visco-elastic foam: Also known as “memory foam.” Slow recovery urethane foams that are temperature sensitive. They conform to the body and distribute pressure according to body heat and dynamics. Waterbed: A sleep system employing a water-filled vinyl bladder as its primary support system. Original models relied on rigid framing to contain the vinyl components and were known as a “hardside”. Newer styles consist of vinyl components (bladder and liner) typically encased in foam and
made to look like a conventional mattress, usually paired with a regular upholstered foundation. Also called a “softside” waterbed. All versions are sometimes referred to as “flotation beds.” Welded grid top: Basic wire welded into a lattice to which box spring coils, formed wire or modules are fastened. Offers even weight distribution, yet allows some flex and give. Wood bed: A bed with a headboard and footboard made of wood, having side rails of wood or metal that support the foundation and mattress. Wood frame (for box springs): The wood frame in a box spring on which the spring construction is mounted. Woven stripe: A once ubiquitous woven ticking with colored stripes. The style was referred to as “ACA”, the traditional designation for the 8 oz. blue- and white-striped ticking that has mostly fallen out of favor and is seldom produced.