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Jun. 10, 2014

Hohenstein to develop artificial womb for premature babies
Fibre2fashion
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute are working with Beluga-Tauchsport GmbH and M. Zellner GmbH to develop an "artificial uterus" providing sensory therapy for premature babies. About 50,000 babies are born prematurely in Germany every year. Some of them need intensive medical care in incubators for weeks or even months.More

TFP introduces a range of recycled carbon fiber nonwovens
Reinforced Plastics
U.K.-based Technical Fibre Products has invested in developing the technology necessary to process carbon fiber recycled from various manufacturing processes and composite structures. This capability has been progressed over a number of years through working alongside partners such as Boeing, Ford, Toho Tenax and the University of Nottingham as part of the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board funded projects, such as AFRECAR and HIRECAR.More

JX announces its entry into nanofiber business
Innovation in Textiles
JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation has announced it will enter the nanofiber market with its new developments within a year. Using a process called CO2 laser supersonic stretching, JX established the technique to manufacture polypropylene nanofibers with 300-500 nm fiber diameter, a range difficult to achieve with conventional methods, the company reports.More

Overall shipments of new textile machinery slightly down in 2013
Textile World
In 2013, shipments fell in most segments, though remained on a relatively high level. In comparison to 2012, global shipments of new short-staple spindles rose by 10 percent while those of open-end rotors decreased slightly by 2 percent and those of long-staple spindles dropped by 45 percent. Also the number of new draw-texturing spindles shipped was down by 29 percent, those of new shuttle-less looms by 4 percent, and those of new electronic flat-knitting machines by 24 percent. Worldwide shipments of new large circular knitting machines in 2013 remained unchanged on the record level of 2012.More

Neenah Paper buys Crane Technical Fabrics
Nonwovens Industry
Neenah Paper Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of Crane Technical Materials from Crane & Co. Inc., for $72 million, comprised of $64 million for the business and $8 million related to future cash tax benefits Neenah will receive as a result of the transaction.More

World nonwovens market demand to grow 5.3 percent annually to 2017
Green Technology News
Global demand for nonwovens is forecasted to rise 5.3 percent annually to 9.0 million metric tons in 2017. However, there is a great deal of variation among different regions and countries. Countries with well-developed manufacturing sectors and a population with relatively high personal incomes — such as the U.S., Japan and West European countries — have well-established nonwovens markets.More

Freudenberg's new nonwovens heal chronic wounds faster
Fibre2fashion
The latest product developments in advanced wound care mark a further milestone in medical nonwovens for Freudenberg Nonwovens. The company has developed nonwovens made of chitosan fibers that accelerate the healing process in the treatment of chronic wounds.More

Owens Corning launches technical fabrics app
Reinforced Plastics
Glass fiber reinforcements manufacturer Owens Corning is introducing the Technical Fabrics Guide, a free app providing information about its range of fabrics for the composites industry. The Technical Fabrics Guide includes characteristics, benefits and resin compatibilities for more than 80 Owens Corning products available in the European market.More

Bangladesh's budget cuts supplementary duty on textiles
Fibre2fashion
In his 2014-15 budget speech,  Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith proposed the reduction of supplementary duty rates on fabrics, garments and clothing accessories. The budget proposes to reduce supplementary duty on woven fabrics (excluding HS code 5407.10.10) from the existing 30 percent to 20 percent, on most knitted or crocheted fabrics from 45 percent to 30 percent, on track suits and other garments from 45 percent to 30 percent, and on various clothing accessories from 60 percent to 45 percent.More

Neenah Paper buys Crane Technical Fabrics
Nonwovens Industry
Neenah Paper Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of Crane Technical Materials from Crane & Co. Inc., for $72 million, comprised of $64 million for the business and $8 million related to future cash tax benefits Neenah will receive as a result of the transaction.More

Technical Textiles to invest $12 million into new plant in Macedonia
Innovation in Textiles
German woven fabrics producer Technical Textiles is planning to open a plant in Skopje, Macedonia, which will result in a 12 million euros investment. The construction of the plant, which will be located in the industrial zone of Stip, is expected to begin in August and create 500 to 600 new jobs.More