TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Mar. 18, 2014

Plant allows carded nonwovens producers to make own fibers
Innovation in Textiles
Carded nonwovens producers can now make their own fibers with a new development which will be displayed next month at nonwovens show INDEX. Staple FORCE S 1000, a new small lot staple fiber production plant from Oerlikon Neumag, is directed at downstream integrators who want to produce the fibers for their products in-house.More

Dr. Royall Broughton named to TAPPI Fellows Class of 2014
TAPPINET
TAPPI has announced its 2014 TAPPI Fellows Class. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small percentage of TAPPI's membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the association. This year's inductees include Dr. Royall M. Broughton, of Auburn University, who has been an active TAPPI member for over 40 years and was very active in forming the TAPPI Nonwovens Division. More

'Spacetex' project takes functional textiles into outer space
Innovation in Textiles
On May 28, the six-month Blue Dot space mission will lift off. A German astronaut from ESA will be among those on board the International Space Station ISS, who will be carrying out about 40 experiments. These will include the Specatex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in weightlessness, which will aim to shed light on the interaction between body, clothing and climate.More

Medline to expand medical supply distribution operations
Nonwovens Industry
Medline Industries Inc., one of the U.S.'s largest privately held manufacturers and distributors of medical and surgical supplies, will open a new state-of-the-art distribution center in Lincoln County, N.C., in early 2015. Construction is expected to begin this spring on the new 400,000-square-foot facility, which will service Medline's customers, including hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, home care agencies and other healthcare providers throughout North Carolina and surrounding states.More

Innovative vehicle acoustics system to launch in North America
Innovation in Textiles
In order to meet the high demand from international car manufacturers, Autoneum is launching under floor and under engine shields made from its lightweight and multifunctional PET based material Ultra-Silent in the North American market. Autoneum, which produces under body systems for vehicles, will begin producing its specifically designed fiber technology Ultra-Silent beginning in 2015. More

Canadian textiles get improved access to Korean market
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Canada and the Republic of Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement that will significantly boost trade and investment ties between the two countries. Upon entry into force, the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will significantly improve market access opportunities for Canada's textiles and apparel sector by eliminating tariffs on almost all of Canada's exports.More

Toyota unit shuts 2 factories in India
The New York Times
The Indian unit of Toyota shut down its two factories near Bangalore on March 17 in response to a labor dispute over wages that has lasted for 10 months. In a statement released March 16, the unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said the government of Karnataka State had held seven meetings with the factories' workers and the company. More

US manufacturing output posts largest gain in 6 months
Reuters
U.S. manufacturing output rebounded more than expected in February and recorded its largest increase in six months, in the latest sign that economic activity is gaining momentum after being dampened by severe weather. Factory production increased 0.8 percent last month, its largest increase since August, the Federal Reserve said. More

Kimberly-Clark makes executive changes
Nonwovens Industry
Kimberly-Clark has announced executive changes designed to enhance its focus on executing its global business plan and driving global expansion. Elane Stock, group president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been elected group president of K-C International, and is succeeding Christian Brickman, who has announced his intent to pursue a senior executive officer position outside of K-C. Kim Underhill, currently president of K-C's European consumer business, has been elected president of KCP. More

PFG develops nonwoven cleaning towel
Nonwovens Industry
The Precision Fabrics Group, Greensboro, N.C., has developed a cleaning towel for use around the entire house —the kitchen, bathroom and garage — for all types of cleaning chores. In the kitchen it can replace dish rags used for cleaning dirty pots and pans, and it can be used with spray cleaners on counter tops, appliances, cook tops and even floors.More

Suominen continues to see opportunities for spunlace
Nonwovens Industry
When it purchased the part of Ahlstrom a few years ago, Finland's Suominen Nonwovens became the world's largest maker of spunlaced nonwovens. Alistair Brown, the company's director of marketing and communications, sat down recently with Nonwovens Industry to discuss his thoughts on the global supply picture for spunlace, opportunities in the wipes market and new applications for the material.More

ExxonMobil to build hydrogenated hydrocarbon plant
Nonwovens Industry
ExxonMobil Chemical will build the world's largest hydrogenated tackifier plant at its recently expanded petrochemical complex in Singapore. The 90-kiloton plant will double the company's ability to make Escorez 5000, a resin for hot melt adhesive producers. ExxonMobil's Singapore Chemical Plant provides a unique platform for the added hydrogenated tackifier production. More

US manufacturing output posts largest gain in 6 months
Reuters
U.S. manufacturing output rebounded more than expected in February and recorded its largest increase in six months, in the latest sign that economic activity is gaining momentum after being dampened by severe weather. Factory production increased 0.8 percent last month, its largest increase since August, the Federal Reserve said. More