TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Nov. 19, 2013

Kimberly-Clark considers healthcare spin-off
Sustainable Nonwovens
Kimberly-Clark is considering spinning off its healthcare business to create a stand-alone, publicly traded healthcare company with approximately $1.6 billion in annual net sales and leading market positions in both surgical and infection prevention products and medical devices.More

New developments in nanotechnology impact specialty fabrics markets
Specialty Fabrics Review
Ways of manufacturing specialty fabrics have been around for decades, but what does that mean in terms of opportunities for manufacturers, particularly in regard to coatings? Current applications include military camouflage clothing that can change color as a function of the environment, textiles that capture bacteria in mass transportation systems and textile filtration devices that lower toxic emissions from industrial manufacturers.More

Kodak and PurThread collaborate on antimicrobial technology
Nonwovens Industry
PurThread Technologies Inc. and Eastman Kodak Company are collaborating to bring Kodak's antimicrobial agent to the high performance and medical textile markets. PurThread has obtained a globally exclusive agreement to embed Kodak's antimicrobial agent into textile materials. PurThread's 2013 TechAmerica Award-winning process embeds Kodak's antimicrobial agent into synthetic fibers, before the fiber is spun into yarn and woven into fabric.More

Enduro Composites starts new manufacturing facility in US
fibre2fashion
Enduro, a leader in composites and odor control technology, is proud to announce the opening of its fourth facility. Located in the Houston suburb of Pearland, Texas, the 75,000 square foot office, warehouse and production facility will focus on manufacturing fiberglass composite process equipment solutions for a broad array of industrial and infrastructure markets.More

US manufacturers notched October gains
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. manufacturers are slowly increasing production after a spring lull, a sign of modest but steady improvement in the economy. Manufacturing output increased 0.3 percent in October, the third straight monthly gain, the Federal Reserve said. The mild number was dragged down by lower auto output, a pullback that may only be temporary.More

PGI completes acquisition of Fiberweb
Nonwovens Industry
Polymer Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Fiberweb plc, a global developer and manufacturer of specialty nonwoven products and materials for a variety of industrial end markets. As a result of the acquisition, PGI is the world's largest manufacturer of nonwovens.More

Artificial turf supplier GreenFields enters US market
fibre2fashion
GreenFields — a leading supplier of artificial turf systems — announces its entry into the U.S. market. From the 2014 season, GreenFields sport systems will be available throughout the United States of America and Canada through a selected network of representatives and installers.More

US manufacturers notched October gains
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. manufacturers are slowly increasing production after a spring lull, a sign of modest but steady improvement in the economy. Manufacturing output increased 0.3 percent in October, the third straight monthly gain, the Federal Reserve said. The mild number was dragged down by lower auto output, a pullback that may only be temporary.More

Filtration market supply chain innovates new technologies
Nonwovens Industry
Today's filtration market is driven by the need for products that deliver higher purity, greater efficiency and lower energy consumption. Nonwovens innovation plays a crucial role in delivering these requirements. Sales of filter elements used to separate particles from air, gases, water, oil and other liquids will exceed $34 billion in 2013, according to McIlvaine's Air, Gas, Water, Fluid Treatment and Control report.More

Feminine hygiene market continues to grow
Nonwovens Industry
Feminine hygiene manufacturers continue to grapple with ways to expand their customer base in the already saturated markets of the developed world while responding to the ever-changing needs of customers in developing regions. The result has been a series of product introductions designed to woo new customers or keep existing customers longer. More

Recycled carbon replacing glass
Sustainable Nonwovens
Technical Fibre Products is now successfully recycling carbon fiber composites into high value nonwovens. The company, which is based in Kendal, Cumbria, UK, and also has a U.S. plant in Schenectady, New York, specializes in manufacturing wet-laid veils and has been involved in a number of U.K. research projects examining the feasibility of recycling carbon composites, primarily working with specialists at the University of Nottingham. More