Caught in the NET
Nov. 2, 2010

State of the industry session features expert panel at NETInc. opening session
TAPPINET
Four industry experts will present a State of the Industry panel discussion at the opening session of the Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NETInc) on Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Moderated by TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague, the panel will include Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA; Michael Jänecke, brand manager of Techtextil; Rory Holmes, president of INDA; and Stephen Warner, CEO and president of IFAI. The conference will take place in Raleigh, N.C., from Nov. 10-12.More

Demand for rigid polyurethane insulation on the increase
R&D Magazine
A large number of countries are tightening up their regulations on energy saving for buildings as a result of climate change and rising energy costs. For example, under the revised EU directive on improving energy efficiency in buildings, from 2021 onwards it will only be possible to construct new buildings as "almost zero-energy buildings." Bayer MaterialScience is therefore currently witnessing a strong rise in demand for rigid polyurethane foam for heat insulation in more and more countries.More

Color changing fabrics without weaving
RSC Publishing
As interest grows in clothes that do more than just keep you warm and preserve your modesty, Canadian scientists are developing non-woven textiles that exhibit a reversible colour change due to resistive heating. Traditional fabrics can be improved by giving them another function useful for fashion medical or military applications, explains Alexis Laforgue at the National Research Council Canada Industrial Materials Institute, Boucherville. More

The explosion in niche wipes
Happi
No doubt about it. These are not your mother's wipes. From lavender pet grooming wipes to canola oil pan wipes to saline nose wipes to wipes that clean sleep apnea masks to wipes that remove sealants to wipes for cleaning toys, more companies are muscling into the burgeoning wipes market with an avalanche of niche products.More

Global trends in fiber prices, production and consumption
Innovation in Textiles
World fiber production fell by 0.7 percent in 2009 following a 6.8 percent decline in 2008. The fall in 2009 was due entirely to a 5.7 percent decline in natural fiber production. Man-made fiber output, by contrast, recovered, having increased by 2.4 percent after a 4.2 percent drop in 2008. However, the increase was confined largely to China and India.More

Nonwovens demand continues to grow, Buckeye
Fibre2Fashion
Buckeye Technologies Inc. announced first quarter net income of $64.4 million or $1.59 per share. First quarter earnings included net income of $51.3 million, or $1.26 per share, from cellulosic biofuel credits generated in 2009. This compared to net income of $39.2 million or $1 per share in the prior year comparable period, which included net income of $35.1 million, or $0.89 per share, from alternative fuel mixture credits ("AFMC").More

Freudenberg Nonwovens introduces Lutradur® ECO, restarts idled spunbond line
Textile World
Freudenberg Nonwovens - a manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics and a part of Germany-based Freudenberg Group - has introduced Lutradur ECO, a polyester nonwoven fabric made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. Since the Lutradur fabric's introduction, Freudenberg Nonwovens has steadily increased the amount of PCR plastic from 15 to 90 percent.More

What's up with wipes?
Happi
Even in a down economy, consumers are still using wipes to clean up, according to data from market research firms covering the household and personal care markets. Yet, while Americans are turning to these nonwoven cloths for convenience, not every subsector of the market is surging.More

Tap into expanding government markets
Specialty Fabrics Review
With its myriad agencies, the U.S. government offers the makers of specialty fabrics and fabric end products ample opportunity for those who learn to navigate this market. Consider the needs of just one agency: Department of Homeland Security. The DHS contracts for billions of dollars in goods and services, and has a procurement list that is an inch thick when printed, according to Mui Erkun, ombudsman and industry liaison for the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer at DHS.More

Textile company Avgol adds new production line in US
Globes
Avgol Nonwoven Industries Ltd. has bought two more production lines for nonwoven fabrics for $80 million. The productions lines will enable the company to boost production by up to 30,000 tons of finished products a year. Avgol's current production at its plants in the North Carolina, Israel, China, and Russia is 110,000 tons of nonwoven fabrics a year. Avgol will install one production line at its factory in the United States, and will decide on the location of the second production line later one. Both lines are due to begin production during the first half of 2012. More