Handbook 25th intern. Flock Symposiums 2019

25th international Flock Symposium


22nd-29rd march 2019

Schlosshotel Hohenkammer

For the 25th time, the international flocking industry met for the symposium.

Our symposium, which takes place every two years, was guest at the Schlosshotel Hohenkammer for the first time.

Our varied program with experts from the flock industry, from politics and the research met with great enthusiasm among the participants. The 43 participants from Europe and Mexico used the breaks especially for "networking" and exchanged with manufacturers, customers and suppliers.

The main focus of this year's lectures were an innovative approach to flock application for apparel bulk production, application of fluorinated plastics and silicones in food packaging industry, analysis of interference to friction tests, crossfire plastics – sustainable raw materials for the flock industry and Brexit 2019: what is important for the EU?.
The lectures received a positive response from the participants.

The 2019 member assembly of the Flock Association of Europe took place during the symposium. A new orientation of the association was discussed here, the new board was elected and other important associations were appointed.

The Flock Symposia takes place every two years and provides for all who have a relationship with Flock.

We will announce the venue and date for the forthcoming 2021 Flock symposium.


25th intern. Flock Symposium 2019

Short presentations of our lectures on the symposium 2019

We are very pleased to introduce you to our speakers and lectures on our 25th intern. Flock Symposium 2019 (22-23 March 2019) at the Schlosshotel Hohenkammer:

Brexit 2019 / What is important for the EU?
Dr. Ingo Friedrich / Vice-President of the European Parliament a.D.

In the 30 years of his parliamentary activity as a Member of the European Parliament - including 10 years in the Parliamentary Presidency as Vice President and Quaestor - Dr. Ing. Ingo Friedrich is particularly concerned with questions of economic and monetary policy and the reform of parliamentary work.
As a member of the party executive of the CSU and as a member of the executive board of the European People's Party (EPP / EPP) - the union of all Christian Democratic parties of Europe - he considers it his task to lead the European integration process to success.
The President of the European Economic Senate (ESC) focuses on questions of a future-oriented economic and SME policy as well as the stabilization of the European Monetary System.
Entrepreneurs are united in the EWS, who want to commit themselves to the principle of the respectable businessman and to make their experiences available for the good of the society. .

Applications of fluorinated plastics and silicons in food technology
Bernd Möller / Fluor Technik System GmbH ( since 1992 independent managing director)

Presentation of the procedure fluorination for the surface finishing of plastics.
The relevant parameters, influencing factors and advantages or limits of the process are explained.
Examples of application examples are giving, like: -increase of surface energy, -barrier to non polar liquids, -reduction in stickiness and -water wettability.
After the explanation of the chemical basics an explanation of the approvals follows in particular according to food-and beverage applications.
The practical benefits of the application in food technology will be explained using an example from an industrial partner.

Analyzing disturbing noises through friction tests
Dr. Martin Strangfeld / Filk Labor ( since 2006 scientist / project manager at the Research Institute for Leather and Plastic Sheeting (FILK))

The flocking of sealings to minimize the frictional forces in the contact is a common method in sealing technology.
Flocked seals are commonly used in automotive, for doors, glove boxes, hat racks, and storage compartments. They have a great influence on the perception of the quality of the vehicles by the vehicle passengers.
Today's customers demand that, for example, moving door windows slide almost frictionless and noiseless. Despite the optimizations made in this area, under certain mechanical and climatic conditions, unwanted friction-induced noise phenomena repeatedly occur in the contact of the seals. The lecture should address this scientifically and economically significant problem and provide results through systematic, friction-based analyses, which characterize the flocked seal as a source of noise. So far, it is unknown what effects the characteristic of the flock and the properties of the friction partner have on the friction behaviour.

Plastics under Cross-fire - sustainable raw materials for the flock industry
Frank Heimann / ADVANSA Marketing GmbH /  since 2000 employee at ADVANSA in leading position, since 2018 managing director of ADVANSA Marketing GmbH and Bergers Technik und Maschinenbau GmbH

ADVANSA is a leading European fiber manufacturer based in Germany. The company is characterized by an extensive program of high-performance fibers made of various polymers, its innovative capabilities and the environmental compatibility of its products and manufacturing processes.
Among other things, ADVANSA supplies fiber raw materials to the flock industry and has a focus on using sustainable PET raw materials from the post consumer value chain for making products with an improved life cycle score.
The lecture sets the context for the global sustainability goals of the United Nations; Task 12 - "Responsible Consumption and Production" focuses on the use of raw materials and the associated environmental impact throughout the entire value chain.
According to the United Nations, with the world's population skyrocketing by 2050, the resources of 3 planets are needed to sustain the current lifestyle. This development requires short and long term contributions of each individual - consumer, company etc ..
93% of the world's 250 largest companies already report sustainability and the corresponding goals.
The results of a consumer anxiety survey will be presented and conclusions will be made on what options are available to contribute to an improved environment.
The topics of renewable raw materials, raw materials from the circular economy and plastics from bio-based raw materials are considered.
Reference is made to the topic of a life cycle assessment of PET fibers by ADVANSA. The results of the LCA are presented.
Quality aspects of recycled fibers are considered using the example of fibers for high-quality paper applications.
In conclusion, it is pointed out that technologies, methods, products, customer acceptance, consumer willingness, etc. have long existed in order to operate in a more sustainable way for the reduction of the global ecological footprint.

An innovative approach to flock application for apparel bulk production

Nickolay Dobrev / Freelance Consultant: Textiles

After 3000 years of textile flock use, it has entered a myriad of consumer and industrial applications, yet with fairly limited place in clothing.
Used for decades mainly as apparel embellishment, it is only since some years that flocking is more often seen as functional addition in lingerie and sportswear.
The main reasons for this can be sorted in two groups – 1) the dynamics in apparel design and manufacturing, low MOQs, variety of substrates and colours and 2) the skillset, technology and equipment needed to achieve consistent quality up to the standards of this industry.
This research has examined possibilities to depend less on demanding technology and high expertise in electrostatic flocking, thus making flocking accessible for almost every garment factory.
In the approach and technology presented a substrate carrier is being pre-flocked in large quantities, which delivers competitive cost and consistent high quality, and allows having various finishes and post-treatments. The carrier is a proven and well established material in apparel manufacturing and the flocking production and components are developed to match the requirements of this application method. 
Other area the research has looked at is functional properties and benefits of flocked apparel – such as comfort, protection, garment shape and construction, thermal management, water repellence, breathability and others.
The technology developed based on the research significantly widens the possibilities for flock application in apparel and adds value in terms of tailored functional properties, exactly where needed.

Topics for our podium discussion

  • Flock for noise reduction
  • Flock as heat protection
  • Flock as filler and reinforcement in plastics
  • Alternatives for PA 6.6

In our podium discussion on 23.03.2019 you have the opportunity to ask questions, a round of experts from the industry will give answer.