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Early bird deadline extended for Innovative Nonwovens Conference!
Don't miss your opportunity to register for the 2015 TAPPI Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NETInc) at early bird rates. This year's conference features peer reviewed technical sessions on Protective Materials, Nanotechnology in Nonwovens, Wet Laid Processes, a Tutorial on Flame retardants and more. NETinc is collocated with PaperCon as part of TAPPI's Centennial Celebration and your conference registration allows you access to programming on Papermaking, Coating & Graphic Arts, Tissue, Recycled Paperboard and the sold out exhibit floor. The Centennial Celebration also features a special Gala event to celebrate TAPPI’s 100 years of industry innovation. NETInc is the only technical conference designed by engineers and technologists to help you understand the innovation behind the science and how it impacts the market. For full conference details and to register visit Early Bird rates expire on April 3.
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Smart textile ready to boost performance sportswear market
Euro News and Reuters
With the exception perhaps of football, there are very few major sports that are not taking advantage of the growing use of technology. Smaller and smarter sensors can measure and monitor power, speed and distance for example to help athletes perfect their performance. But similar sensors in clothes have often proved to be cumbersome and susceptible to sweat and moisture. Now intelligent sports-wear makers from Cambridge in England have come up with a garment that becomes an active sensor itself.
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Energy for the future
Specialty Fabrics Review
While photovoltaic power-harvesting technologies are not new, the ways in which researchers are manipulating science to meet consumers’ needs are. The most promising energy-harvesting textiles may not have hit the market yet, but the best and brightest researchers are doing what innovators always do — apply imagination to science to bring into reality what once seemed impossible. In its simplest terms, photovoltaics is a field of semiconductor technology that involves the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation (sunlight) into electricity.
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How textiles drive fashion
Business of Fashion
Twice a year, in the gargantuan 2,647,922 square feet of the Parc des Expositions, across eight cathedral-like halls, reams of silk jacquards, rubberized lace and bonded technical fabrics are put on show by textile mills vying for the attention of roving designers. In the last few years, designers have increasingly turned to textiles to set themselves apart, driving what Wilhelm describes as an "industrial revolution" in textile production “to produce smaller runs of more personalized textiles."
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  FireGuard2 Intrinsically-Safe Tension Transducer Amplifier

The FireGuard2 amplifier measures web tension from DFE’s tension transducers while providing peace of mind to converters whose processes involve flammable solvent vapor. By limiting energy delivered into a Class I Division 1or 2 manufacturing area to below the level for spark ignition, device reduces risk of fire or explosion. MORE

Nonwoven production in greater Europe grew by 4.7 percent in 2014
Innovation in Textiles
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released preliminary European annual statistics for 2014, offering a comprehensive picture of the nonwovens industry in Greater Europe. This information, released to the industry earlier than ever before, shows an overview of the industry's strength and resilience across Greater Europe.
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New Smartrepel Hydro from Archroma keeps outdoor clothing dry and naturally cleaner
Textile World
Archroma has introduced a true innovation in water repellency for outdoor clothing with the launch of its Smartrepel Hydro line for polyester, polyamide and cotton-based textiles. Smartrepel Hydro water repellent agents extend the benefits of high-performing, nature-friendlier protection to the full spectrum of fibers used in today’s outdoor segment. A novel technology that is not based on fluorine chemistry, PFC, PFOA, PFOS or solvents, the Smartrepel Hydro product range supports the increasing adoption of eco-advanced materials and production processes by textile producers and brand owners adhering to industry initiatives such as the Joint Roadmap towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), and eco-label standards such as bluesign and Oeko-Tex.
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Sika to show textile adhesive solutions at Techtextil 2015
Sika, a producer of textile adhesive solutions for the global textile lamination industry is participating at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. Sika's wide range of soft lamination adhesives finds applications in sportswear, protective wear and industrial applications from flooring to roofing. Among the various adhesives on display, it is launching the SikaMelt-9607 at Techtextil, which is a new and versatile polyurethane based reactive hot melt adhesive for breathable membranes bonding.
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Biovation launches Bioarmour Blood Pressure Cuff Shield, an infectious disease barrier product for hospitals and health care facilities
Textile World
Biovation has launched the BioArmour Blood Pressure Cuff Shield (BPCS) to mitigate the spread of infectious pathogens from blood pressure cuffs. This first-in-class medical product offers a multi-use barrier for prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The BPCS has been designed, tested and validated over a two-year cycle, and is now available in European, Canadian and all non-U.S. markets. BioArmour is the first in a suite of infection and pathogen control products from Biovation.
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Trevira to present fibers and filaments for technical applications at Techtextil
Innovations in Textiles
In the fiber sector, the focus for Trevira lies in customized special solutions in polyester, PLA and bico fibers. Fibers from biopolymers (PLA / Ingeo) for a variety of nonwovens make up an essential element in the product program. Trevira is the most important partner in staple fibers of NatureWorks, its supplier of raw materials. Initially used principally in hygiene products, bico fibers are appearing more and more in developments for customer projects aimed at technical applications, like filtration or insulation, the company reports.
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