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Spunlace continues its hot streak
Nonwovens Industry
For many years, the spunlace market has practically been synonymous with wipes. Ebbs and flows in this technology practically mirror that of wipes. When wipes is growing, spunlace is expanding and when wipes growth is flat, so is investment in the nonwovens technology. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, as disposable wipes applications came to prominence on store shelves, investment in spunlace was rampant as new lines popped up across North America, Europe and, eventually, less developed regions.
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Upcoming webinar: What Nonwoven Manufacturers Need to Understand about Formaldehyde
TAPPI Net
The TAPPI Nonwovens Binders & Additives Committee is hosting a free webinar, What Nonwoven Manufacturers Need to Understand about Formaldehyde on Tuesday, March 24 at noon EDT. The webinar will be conducted by Maureen Nunn, of Dow Chemical Company. This webinar will review the history of the formaldehyde issue; changes in the legislation, public perception, the impact on the Nonwovens manufacturer, and what options are available. To register for this webinar, visit Formaldehyde Webinar Registration.
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State of the industry 2015: Part 2
Specialty Fabrics Review
IFAI surveys specialty fabrics industry end product manufacturers (EPMs) once a year to learn how they are doing and what they anticipate for the future. All but one of the traditional end product market segments IFAI monitors achieved single-digit sales growth in 2014; only the military market showed a decline, with a drop of 6 percent. Investing in state-of-the-art equipment, lean/quality improvement manufacturing practices, staff training and vastly improved marketing efforts targeted toward the customer have helped organizations in the industry increase sales and profit margins.
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Sonobond aims to speed up production of protective apparel
Innovation in Textile
Sonobond, the leader in ultrasonic technology, presented its SeamMaster ultrasonic sewing machine, designed to meet the manufacturers’ increasing demand for life-saving protective apparel and disposable medical items. The company that develops ultrasonic rotary sewing machines believes the need to assemble protective apparel quickly and reliably has never been more urgent.
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Product development should be ongoing
Nonwovens Industry
The argument could be made that many nonwoven products are already great. Nonwovens have been used to make products lighter, more efficient, and cost effective. Manufacturers develop their products to be thicker or thinner or wider or narrower to suit consumer needs. Nonwoven fabrics are out there doing their job in a huge variety of products in the marketplace.
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The Rupp Report: Techtextil previews part 1
Textile World
Modern technical textiles are by far not an isolated business from the yarn or fabric producer, or the assembly of the fabrics. It is more an interdisciplinary case between all the involved partners. And here, finishing plays an important, if not the most important, role of all involved partners along the whole production chain. The right and appropriate finish provides the requested characteristics to any fabric, to which it is applied.
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Archroma's Pekoflam HFC is 1st powder-based flame retardant additive for coating applications to be listed with Oeko-Tex standard 100
Textile World
Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, announced that its novel halogen-free flame retardant powder coating additive, Pekoflam HFC, is since November 2014 officially recognized as a manufacturer certified product by the Oeko-Tex Association. Being the first powder additive to be listed for coating applications, Pekoflam HFC will support textile producers and protective clothing manufacturers' efforts to achieve both Oeko-Tex 100 compliance and effective fire protection for their finished goods.
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Significant growth expected for nonwovens for high-performance applications
Innovation in Textile
The Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications held last week in Cannes, France, came to the optimistic conclusion regarding the future growth for high-performance nonwovens. Although some advanced nonwovens have started to become commoditized, it is clear that growth is driven mainly by the continuous development of new areas of application and the trend for new production processes, resulting in the need for constant innovation.
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Adult incontinence: Managing leaks
Nonwovens Industry
Since 1920, women have been managing stress urinary incontinence with absorbent products. Kimberly-Clark invented cellulose wadding, which replaced cotton and gauze on the battlefields of World War I. Nurses were the first to recognize its potential in aiding menstruation and with all certainty urinary incontinence. After the war, a brand was created to convey its cotton texture like feel, hence Kotex — meaning cotton texture — and a whole new product category was created.
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