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Techtextil 2013

Techtextil 2013 Exhibitor Preview: RadiciGroup

GANDINO, Italy - June 5, 2013 - During Techtextil 2013 (Frankfurt, 11-13 June), leading event for technical fabrics and nonwovens, RadiciGroup is focusing on some of its most recent developments.

HIGHLIGHTS

NYLON YARN
Radilon® PA6.10, a new nylon yarn with a smaller environmental footprint, achieved through the use of 64% renewable source polymer of biological origin.
Raditeck® Fine, this range of fine-count, high-tenacity PA66 yarn has been enhanced with new air-textured items.

POLYESTER YARN
Radyarn® and Starlight® Trace Micro Taggant, polyester yarn with anti-counterfeiting, tracing capabilities.
Radyarn® and Starlight® UV Protection, polyester yarn with sunscreening properties.

Moreover, at Techtextil RadiciGroup is showcasing: Raditeck® DoubleSix, high-tenacity PA66 yarn ideal for automotive and industrial applications; Raditeck® acrylic yarn versions - AC (for anti-cracking concrete and mortar), RF (for fibre cement products) and High Performance (for industrial uses); Radilon® staple fibre and Dorix® solution-dyed PA6 staple fibre; Radilon® solution-dyed PA6 continuous filament yarn; and lastly Radyarn® and Starlight® high-performance polyester yarn and microfibre.

Radilon® 6.10: sustainable performance for your products ...
... A yarn made of 64% renewable source polymer of biological origin. A product that ensures both a high degree of sustainability and excellent performance.

This environmentally friendly product is one of the most recent results of RadiciGroup's sustainable innovation strategy. "Following last year's launch of our nylon 6.10 staple fibre," Filippo Bona, of Radici Yarn's R&D Department, said, "we have achieved another important development using a polymer of biological origin. Starting this year, we have expanded our Radilon® line of continuous filament yarn to include not only PA6 and PA66-based products, but also a PA6.10 version."

"The biological content and technical characteristics of this new Radilon® PA6.10 product make it the ideal yarn for high performance technical fabrics," Mr. Bona continued. "It offers comfort, light weight, less water absorption, resistance and colourfastness. All these properties, plus less environmental impact. The sustainability aspect is becoming more and more important and, for this reason, our entire yarn production chain has been concentrating on it for some time."

The new Radilon® PA6.10 yarn range is made from a polymer developed and produced by Radici Chimica SpA, RadiciGroup's Italian chemical facility. Vertical integration of polyamide 66 production is a well-known strong point of the Group.

"We have been producing high volumes of this new polymer since May of last year, and market response has been very good," Nicolangelo Peduto, of Radici Chimica's R&D Department, stated. "Firstly, compared to other long-chain polyamides, it is a highly competitive material in terms of cost/performance. In all products - from yarn to staple fibre and engineering plastics - polymer 6.10 maximizes technical performance and contributes to reducing the environmental impact of specific applications on account of its renewable source content. Therefore, it ensures performance and sustainability. This is the winning combination to stay competitive in today's market. And that's a fact."

Radilon® PA6.10 ensures sustainability

  • This new yarn is made of PA6.10 polymer, which is manufactured from sebacic acid (64% by weight) and hexamethylenediamine, an intermediate whose production is directly controlled by RadiciGroup. Sebacic acid is a material of biological origin obtained from the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). The plant is cultivated, mostly in China and India, in arid conditions and does not require irrigation. Hence it saves water, a precious resource, and does not compete with agricultural products for human consumption.
  • Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), measuring the GWP of PA6.10 polymer in particular, have shown that CO2 emissions (per kilogram of product) during the production of PA6.10 yarn are lower than for traditional polyamides.

Raditeck® Fine: new air-textured products.

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