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Nov. 1, 2011

The converter roundup
Nonwovens Industry
Converting companies are an integral of the nonwovens supply chain. For all of the advantages the industry's products provide, a lot has to happen prior to their end use. Nonwovens need to be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes, scaled down to become a single-use product, as well as printed, packaged and more. Sometimes the process is simple, and sometimes more complex, with converting companies using the latest technology to add value to products, and making them easier to use. The following is a compilation of capabilities and services of some the nonwovens industry's leading converters.More

TSG finishing develops nonwoven application process for C6-based fluorochemicals
Textile World Magazine
North Wales, Pa.-based commission finisher TSG Finishing LLC reports it has developed a new process for applying C6-based fluorochemicals to nonwoven medical fabrics. TSG's new application method is suitable for spunbond/meltblown SMMS nonwovens and hydroentangled fabrics, which may be used in surgical gowns, drapes and instrument wraps.More

Smart textiles recognized as fashion designs
Plastic Electronics
Smart textiles in fashion is becoming more recognized, as a number of clothing companies are established to exploit the technology, allowing them to make stand-out designs. One such collection is by Rainbow Winters. Started by designer Amy Winters in 2011, the pieces all use smart fabrics to express different elements of fashion, and to add interest to the collection. Since being founded in 2010, the company has already started selling products in a selection of global outlets.More

Buckeye's first quarter FY 2012 results
Benzinga
Buckeye Technologies Inc. recently announced first quarter adjusted net income of $29.9 million or $0.74 per share, which excludes net income of $11.2 million or $0.28 per share from cellulosic biofuel credits generated in 2009. Adjusted net income rose 118 percent as compared to the prior year period's $13.7 million or $0.34 per share, which excluded net income of $51.3 million or $1.26 per share from cellulosic biofuel credits generated in 2009.More

Freudenberg recycling efforts lead to growth
Nonwovens Industry
Freudenberg's focus on recyclable innovations has led to the company adding a number of jobs to its nonwovens business. Additionally, the company's innovations including everything from mattresses and wallpaper to brooms and automotive interiors are keeping 377 million plastic bottles out of landfills each year and, from a business standpoint, have led to new contracts and increased business, allowing Freudenberg's Nonwovens, Vitech, Texbond, Filtration and Household Product companies to add jobs.More

US school students involve in cotton nonwovens research
Commodity Online
The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University has made history for the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry's nonwovens division due to the university's involvement of high school students in its Cotton nonwovens research.More

FibeRio launches versatile nanofiber production system at filtration show 2011
AZ nano
FibeRio Technology Corporation announced recently that it will launch its new 1.1 meter wide continuous nanofiber production system at the INDA Filtration 2011 show in Chicago on Nov. 16. The Cyclone Fiber Engine 1.1 is the first full scale production model utilizing Forcespinning technology offering both melt and solution spinning capabilities, increased productivity and a significant reduction in production costs.More

Sonobond and the BP oil spill cleanup
Nonwovens Industry
No one will forget anytime soon the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the intense cleanup effort in the environmental disaster's aftermath. Proudly, Melissa Alleman, vice president of Sonobond Ultrasonics, announced that Sonobond's ultrasonic bonding technology was essential to the production of many of the oil-absorbing booms successfully used to clean up the 2010 Gulf oil spill.More