TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Apr. 8, 2014

World's first all carbon fiber RV is black, green and super slick
Autoblog
Carbon fiber is becoming more and more prevalent on production vehicles — look no further than the BMW i3 — but a new company headquartered in Speedway, Ind., is taking the ultra-light material to the next level. Soon you will be able to order a 35-foot-long, tow-behind RV made from a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and body.More

Uzbek firm to begin production of medical textiles
fibre2fashion
Uzbek company Policotton-patrokl LLC is going to start production of textiles from natural cotton fiber using silver nanotechnology, under the trade brand SilverteX, Uzbekistan reported. Policotton-patrokl will become the first company in Uzbekistan to use nanotechnology for production of textiles, including linen, innerwear and socks.More

TAPPI NET Division announces key award winners for NETInc 2014
TAPPINET
TAPPI's Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division has announced its award winners for the 2014 NETInc conference. The top NET division awards are the Nonwovens Leadership & Service Award and Dow Chemical Company Prize, the Nonwovens Technical Award and Mark Hollingsworth Prize and the Innovations in Nonwovens Award, sponsored by HERTY.More

Tencate high-tech fabric to protect firefighters
Specialty Fabrics Review
The Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade has opted for TenCate high-tech fabrics in their turnout gear: The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new firefighting suits for their brigades. The suits will be supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. TenCate Millenia fabrics will be used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement parts. The first 285 suits are expected to be delivered in July.More

Sandvik Hard Materials, Diamond Innovations join forces
Nonwovens Industry
Sandvik Hard Materials has recently joined forces with Diamond Innovations by combining the previously independently operated companies into a new business — Sandvik Hyperion. The company says the merger of these businesses will benefit its customers by having a broader portfolio of materials solutions and by an increased scale in R&D and application development. More

PGI's R&D operation in Virginia grows
The News Leader
A large warehouse sits down a long road in an industrial park on Shenandoah Drive in Waynesboro, Va. What's held inside is secretive — how they make things and what they research. But Polymer Group Inc. is one of the leading producers of nonwoven fabrics. The North Carolina-based PGI also has a large presence in hygiene, healthcare wipes and industrial markets.More

Ohmatex launches new washable connector
Innovation in Textiles
Ohmatex, a smart textile technology company, has launched its first fully washable connector, designed specifically to provide connectivity for smart textile products currently in development. The connector was designed in a way that it can be attached to a textile or thin conductive material. "The smart textile industry has been waiting for a solution like this," said Ben Moir, of Wearable Experiments. More

What's driving the medical nonwovens market?
Nonwovens Industry
The use of nonwovens in medical applications is growing. According to Smithers Apex's new report, "The Future of Medical Nonwovens to 2018," this is primarily due to strong key drivers addressing cost and market composition. For example, nonwovens demonstrate reduced cost to use in highly cost-sensitive hospital and institutional environments. Similarly, they routinely outperform textile and fluff pulp-based products in comfort, barrier properties, absorbency and resistance to contamination. More

OrganoClick launches solution for biobased nonwovens
Innovation in Textiles
The Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick that develops and produces environmentally friendly chemical products has announced the upcoming launch of an expanded product portfolio of biobased binders at the INDEX nonwoven fair April 8-11. According to the company, the launch will enable the manufacturing of nonwoven materials that only contain biobased or biodegradable components, such as water-repellent disposable tablecloths or isolation material of cellulosic fibers for use in moist environments.More

Cheaper carbon fiber will slash automaking costs
Reuters
Carbon fiber reinforced parts for cars could become more than 70 percent cheaper over the next few years, making them an alternative to standard materials steel and aluminum, an executive at carbon specialist SGL told a German weekly. "Today the average costs of light-weight carbon fiber parts is 100 euros ($140) per kg, of which 20 euros is for materials and 80 euros for manufacturing," SGL's Hubert Jaeger, in charge of technology and innovation, told VDI-Nachrichten.More

Andritz to supply wipes line for leading Chinese nonowovens producer
Innovation in Textiles
Andritz Nonwoven has received an order from China's Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group to supply a complete wetlace line. The Andritz neXline wetlace is designed for high speeds and integrates units for stock preparation, wet forming and hydroentanglement. Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group is one of the leading Chinese producers of nonwovens, supplying its products mainly to international customers. More

What's driving the medical nonwovens market?
Nonwovens Industry
The use of nonwovens in medical applications is growing. According to Smithers Apex's new report, "The Future of Medical Nonwovens to 2018," this is primarily due to strong key drivers addressing cost and market composition. For example, nonwovens demonstrate reduced cost to use in highly cost-sensitive hospital and institutional environments. Similarly, they routinely outperform textile and fluff pulp-based products in comfort, barrier properties, absorbency and resistance to contamination. More