TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Jan. 27, 2015

Amazon-branded diapers are pulled after less than 2 months on sale
Fast Company
Amazon’s line of Amazon Elements diapers may have been ethically made, but apparently they were less than sustainable. Less than two months after launching the new product, Amazon has announced that it is pulling them from sale in order to make "design improvements" deemed necessary "based on early customer feedback." Amazon is apologizing to customers by offering them a $25 credit and the chance to try out the new diapers when they arrive on sale.More

Teijin to launch new meta-aramid fiber for protective clothing solutions
Innovation in Textiles
Teijin is planning to launch Teijinconex neo, a new type of meta-aramid fiber, offering unsurpassed heat resistance, as well as excellent dyeability, according to the manufacturer. The Teijinconex neo product will be introduced during Intersec, the leading security and safety exhibition that takes place from Jan. 18-20 in Dubai. Production at a new Teijin facility in Ayutthaya, Thailand, which is expected to nearly double the annual capacity of Teijin's global meta-aramid fiber production, is scheduled to start in mid-2015.More

Sales up, worries down for confident US manufacturers
Manufacturing executives like what they are seeing on their balance sheets, are increasingly confident about the U.S. economy and plan to do more hiring and operational spending in the year ahead, a new survey from PwC US reports. In its Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, PwC found that 68 percent of senior manufacturing executives were optimistic about the U.S. economy, up from 57 percent in the third quarter. Optimism about the global economy also improved, to 38 percent from 30 percent in the last quarter.More

Reebok and the makers of GORE-TEX fabric have reinvented the hot weather boot
Textile World
Warson Brands, manufacturers of quality military and tactical footwear and exclusive licensee for Reebok military and tactical boots, and W. L. Gore & Associates, inventor of GORE-TEX® fabric, recently announced a new line of waterproof military and tactical footwear for hot weather, the Reebok KRIOS Series. Fused protective layers reduce bulk, minimize absorption, and dry quickly, preventing added weight in wet conditions. The KRIOS' construction results in a boot that absorbs 90 percent less water when compared to non-waterproof boots.More

Morgan debuts light explosive ordinance disposal suit
Morgan Advanced Materials' Composites and Defense Systems has launched a new lightweight ERGOTEC 4025 explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) suit. Integrating new technology, leading edge materials and world class garment engineering, the ERGOTEC 4025 combines the highest levels of protection with the user mobility required for successful EOD missions. The ERGOTEC 4025 features a new streamlined chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) facemask.More

Kansai University and Teijin develop 1st piezoelectric fabrics for wearable devices
Innovation in Textiles
Prof Yoshiro Tajitsu, Faculty of Engineering Science at Kansai University, and Teijin have developed what they believe to be the world’s first polylactic acid (PLA) fiber and carbon fiber based piezoelectric fabrics. Kansai University and Teijin will introduce the new piezoelectric fabric at The 1st Wearable Expo, the leading wearable devices and products exhibition, which takes place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Hall in Japan from Jan. 14-16. More

European technical textiles grows faster than its economy
According to a report from Commerzbank, in the period from 2007 to 2013, the European manufacturers of technical textiles saw stronger growth than the European economy as a whole. Although, above-average slumps were visible in the crisis years; 2008 and 2009 with it being more particular in 2009.More

Better beer with viscose
Sustainable Nonwovens
Beer can now be filtered in an environmentally friendly manner by using sustainable viscose speciality fibers in nonwovens and avoiding the use of potentially hazardous diatomite. This development will be the subject of a paper presented by Philipp Wimmer from the R&D team of Kelheim Fibres at the forthcoming Filtech conference and exhibition which takes place in Cologne, Germany from Feb. 24-26.More