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Swedish-based company creates single-use, biodegradable toilet
Nonwovens Industry
Peepoople AB, a Stockholm, Sweden-based company, develops, produces and distributes Peepoo, a biodegradable, single-use toilet used in developing countries. The company began production in 2010 in the slums of Nairobi — with a small manual production — and began high-speed production in 2012 after the development of a production line at hygiene machinery manufacturer Bicma in Mayen, Germany.
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Jeans that stay dry and clean
Innovation in Textiles
As the lines between sports and fashion continue to blur, textile technologies that deliver performance properties are becoming common in lifestyle and urban products, Schoeller Technologies reports. In particular, denim fabrics are becoming more functional through treatments that repel water and mud. As a result, Schoeller Technologies’ durable water repellent textile technology, ecorepel, is gaining attention.
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  EasyWeb™ Torque Controller Holds Tension

Use the EasyWeb torque controller to maintain tension during unwinding or winding operations on printing and web finishing lines. As a lower-cost alternative to the high-precision transducer-based tension controllers DFE offers, the EasyWeb works from a diameter calculator signal to continually adjust winding torque and achieve roughly consistent running tension throughout the process. MORE

New hygiene protection for wool
Specialty Fabrics Review
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bonnigheim, Germany, and the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen, Germany, have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and textiles containing wool, as part of an IGF research project. Many available antimicrobial treatment substances are effective on textiles such as cotton, polyester and polyamide, but not on wool and mixed fibers containing wool. Researchers found that the interaction of an anionic polyelectrolyte SA with TSA silane-quat components led to the formation of colloidal structures that can create a strong antimicrobial effect, even lasting after 25 wash cycles.
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Branching out into diapers is a good move for online retailer
Nonwovens Industry
A new month brings another foray into diapers by Amazon. Recently, the internet retailer launched its Amazon Elements brand of baby diapers and wipes in North America, adding to the company's growing list of private label products. In terms of diaper sales, private label continues to grow in North America, but still only accounted for 19 percent of value in 2014, compared to closer to 24 percent in Western Europe, suggesting there is still further opportunity for Amazon and other retailers to move into.
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NAM/IndustryWeek 4Q Survey: Manufacturers had a good year and expect 2015 to be better
Recent data show relative strength in demand and output in the manufacturing sector, with activity levels reflecting improvements since earlier in the year. In particular, the latest Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers’ index has reflected robust growth in new orders and production since the summer, and employment and pricing pressures appear to be moving in the right direction. The forecast for real GDP and industrial production for 2015 also show promise, both of which are anticipated to expand by roughly 3 percent in 2015.
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Gore announces softer, more durable outdoor fabric
Specialty Fabrics Review
W.L. Gore & Associates has developed new Gore-Tex products with Gore C-KNIT Backer Technology specifically engineered for hikers, trekkers and free riders, offering the ruggedness of a three-layer laminate with the look and feel of a soft fabric-waterproof, windproof and breathable garments for all outdoor enthusiasts. Jackets made with the new product technology will be available at retail for fall/winter 2015/2016.
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Domtar announces $160 million investment in Ashdown plant
Texarkana Gazette
Domtar Corporation announced a $160 million investment to convert an Ashdown, Arkansas mill paper machine to a high quality fluff pulp used to manufacture absorbent products like diapers. Also, a planned elimination of 142 jobs through attrition was announced for the plant. The machine's conversion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2016. Absorbent products also include feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.
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New materials and technologies drive variety and performance in the entertainment fabrics market
Specialty Fabrics Review
Right now the focus isn't on fashion; it's on using new materials to do traditional jobs better and more artistically, according to Megan Duckett, president of Sew What? Inc., Rancho Dominquez, California. "What we're seeing from a design standpoint, I think, is a return to a lot of traditional textile design. Modern fabrics are lighter, brighter, more flame-retardant, silkier and (in many cases) able to be digitally printed."
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