TAPPI's Caught in the NET
Dec. 25, 2012

Hygiene components: Market and technology trends
Nonwovens Industry
Trends in the hygiene components market include the growth of baby diapers in developing countries and incontinence products in developed countries where adults are living longer. But whether you're talking about baby diapers in this part of the world or adult incontinence in that part of the world, it's consumers that truly drive this market. It's the consumers that place a high premium on comfort and performance and once they find it are very brand loyal.More

Topics announced for Innovative Nonwovens Conference
TAPPI is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2013 NETInc Technical Program. NETInc stands for the Innovative Nonwovens Conference, organized by the Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division of TAPPI. NETInc is the perfect forum for a new constituency of industry and academic researchers, the professionals from the nonwovens and affiliated industries and the academic community to enable connections and synergies that support capability development and innovation for industry growth. More

US recycled plastics market and wipes industry 2016 forecasts in new research reports
PRWeb via Albany Times Union
U.S. demand for post-consumer recycled plastics is forecast to rise 5.9 percent per year to 3.4 billion pounds in 2016. Gains will be driven by a number of factors, including a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers, advancements in processing and sorting technologies allowing a wider variety of plastic to be recycled, and an improved collection infrastructure that raises the plastic recycling rate. Continued support by federal, state, and local governments for recycling efforts will also provide a significant boost to recycled plastics market including collection, processing, and demand. More

Trash talking: Textile recycling
Waste Management World
Discarded textiles and clothing are in strong demand from markets across the world for reuse and recycling. Widely viewed as a resource, these materials offer great potential for recycling and a real revenue generation opportunity for local authorities and waste management companies. WMW asked some of the industry's key players for their views on the subject.More

Nonwovens offer win-win solutions for car makers
Nonwovens Industry
Two key drivers are pushing nonwovens forward in automotives, a market that has the added advantage of being in recovery mode after the economic slowdown of 2008-2010. One is increased sophistication, allowing nonwoven fabrics to target more areas of the car than ever before; the other is price, giving them an advantage over competing woven, knits or foams.More

Graniteville adds technical coating line
Textile World Magazine
Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Graniteville, S.C. - a provider of specialty coatings and custom coated fabrics for tent, awning, marine, military and other applications - has purchased a high-speed 119-inch working-width technical coating line featuring advanced fabric measuring and control technology. The new line will provide expanded width options for coated woven, knit and nonwoven fabrics as well as films.More

European flexible packaging industry grew 5.1 percent in 2011
Plastics Today
The European flexible packaging market grew 5.1 percent in 2011 and is currently valued at $15 billion, according to a new report from PCI Films Consulting. The report claims that rising inks, adhesives and energy costs passed on to customers through higher selling prices were the main factors in the growth of the European flexible packaging production.More

Some US trade practices cause concern in WTO trade policy review
Global Times
The World Trade Organization's 11th trade policy review of the United States concluded recently, with some of the country's trade policies causing concern among its trade partners. "The United States maintains a very open trade regime and should be commended for this as well as for its resistance to introduce protectionist measures, even during difficult times," said Eduardo Munoz Gomez, chairman of the Trade Policy Review Body, in his concluding remarks.More