TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Mar. 26, 2013

Report: US nonwovens fabric demand
Nonwovens Industry
Demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.7 percent per year to $7.1 billion in 2016, benefiting from an acceleration in area demand and an increase in the average price that stems in part from a shift in the product mix toward higher value nonwovens. The market mix will further fuel pricing gains as heavier, more expensive nonwovens are more prevalent in the nondisposables markets, many of which are expected to achieve more rapid gains through 2016 compared to the disposables markets. Renewed economic growth, along with rising manufacturing output and rebounding construction activity, will provide opportunities for nonwovens. Further gains will be limited by the maturity of a number of disposable goods markets for nonwovens, including baby diapers.More

New system recycles and compounds in one step
European Plastics News
A new system from Erema and Coperion processes recycled material into customized plastic compounds in one step, without intermediate cooling. Erema, the maker of plastic recycling systems based in Ansfelden, near Linz in Austria, has introduced a new system for processing inexpensive recycled raw material to make customized plastic compounds in a single step without intermediate cooling.More

Woven or unwoven fibers?
Engineering Materials
With evermore applications being found for reinforced composites, increasing questions are being asked about the best methods of using fiber and resin in a matrix. More

Glatfelter continues to focus on growth markets
Nonwovens Industry
Airlaid nonwovens and paper maker Glatfelter is continuing its strategy of increasing its exposure to growth businesses with the planned purchase of Dresden Papier, a leading producer of nonwoven wallpaper base materials and supplier to most of the world's largest wallpaper manufacturers. Previously owned by Fortress Paper, a Vancouver, B.C., Canada company, Dresden is based in Heidenau, Germany, near Dresden, where it operates a state-of-the-art 60,000 metric ton operating facility solely dedicated to the wall coverings market.More

Intro to Nonwovens Tutorial at NETInc Conference
Monday, April 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
(Part of NETInc Innovative Nonwovens Conference, April 29 - May 1, in Atlanta, Ga.)

Lead by Benoit Maze, Research Professor at the Nonwovens Institute at NC State University

As far as business segments that are growing and vibrant, the Nonwovens industry certainly meets those criteria. But Nonwovens means different things to different people. The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University will share an insightful tutorial about the industry, what it includes, which areas are mature and which are growing.

The NETInc Innovative Nonwovens Conference , April 29 - May 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga., is the only technical conference developed by engineers and technologists to help you understand the innovation behind the science and how it impacts the market.

The Complete Program is now available and includes additional topics such as: Nanotechnology, Binders and Additives, Building Sciences, Health Care and Medical Applications for Nonwovens, Manufacturing Technology, and Process Management Technology. With several focused tracks, NETInc offers peer reviewed papers, expert speakers, and exclusive networking opportunities. NETInc participants can also enjoy the full PaperCon program and exhibits, Tissue360 Forum, RPTA P-T Seminar and the OpEx Reliability Workshop with their registration. Learn more about NETInc. More

Andritz is tackling the nonwovens markets
Textile World Magazine
It can be said without exaggerating that nonwovens are gaining ground constantly in the global textile markets. Over the years, production line and the raw material quality has improved considerably. Today, nonwovens - mainly spunbonded, spunlaced and needlepunched - have a firm place in the markets. The quality and appearance of the final products have improved so much that the nonwovens industry has transformed parts of itself from serving disposable markets to serving durable and even niche markets.More

Finnish team's recycled route to nonwovens
Recycling International
Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre has discovered a way to use recycled paper and cardboard as raw material for biodegradable nonwovens. The new manufacturing process will mostly benefit hygiene and home care products such as diapers/nappies, sanitary napkins and cleaning cloths. More

Dust filters are made to withstand harsh environments
ThomasNet.com News
Suited for dust streams containing moist fumes, heat, chemicals, and abrasive particulate, Astech spunbond polyester cartridges are engineered for durability in tough manufacturing environments. These washable and reusable filters, temperature rated up to 200°F, are 100 percent nonwoven polyester and offer efficiencies up to 99.9 percent. Intended for manufacturing filtration applications, products are resistant to abrasion and chemicals. More

Freudenberg expands in China with new filter plant
Filtration + Separation
Freudenberg Vilene Filter Co Ltd, a joint venture established last March by Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Japan Vilene Co Ltd, will produce engine air intake filters and cabin air filters for the Chinese automotive industry and serve as a logistics and service center for industrial filtration components and systems.More