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Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from human-made substances to make plastic, rubber or fiber, including biodegradable materials. The new method, dubbed "magnetospinning" by the researchers, provides a very simple, scalable and safe means for producing very large quantities of nanofibers that can be embedded with a multitude of materials, including live cells and drugs.
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Are American manufacturers reshoring?
Manufacturers are shifting production in many directions — all at the same time. Some companies are offshoring certain operations while simultaneously bringing other activities back to the United States. Some reshoring to the United States is happening, but it’s not huge. Companies are looking at a wide variety of factors beyond labor costs, including availability of quality workers. Access to the foreign market is a very large factor. Companies are now going to China not only for lower production costs but also to serve the Chinese market.
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CORDURA brand presents durable fabric innovations
Specialty Fabrics Review
The CORDURA brand recently showcased new fabric innovations at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, including a new range of CORDURA qualifying fibers designed for the development of durable hi-vis knitted and woven fabrics. The high tenacity polyester fiber range is air-jet textured for enhanced abrasion resistance and tensile and tear strength. Finished CORDURA fabrics made using these qualifying fibers can be printed, laminated or used in uncoated forms and are suited for products such as outdoor clothing, high performance sportswear and safety footwear.
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IPS testing certified for incontinence product testing
Nonwovens Industry
IPS Testing, an independent testing and analytical services provider to customers in the paper, packaging, nonwovens and consumer products industries, announced the expansion of its ISO 17025 certification to include testing of diaper and incontinence products. IPS is now certified to test personal care incontinence products according to the following methods: Rate of acquisition, rewet, breathability, retention capacity and elasticity.
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Best practice in sustainability discussed at VDMA press conference in Frankfurt
Innovation in Textiles
Speakers from member companies Trützschler, August Herzog Maschinenfabrik and Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment shared their perspectives on sustainability, discussing a variety of topics from corporate culture to textile machines as enablers for textile products for recovering energy at the Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt. With regard to sustainability, Dr. Dirk Burger, CEO / Managing Director of Trützschler, stated that the company makes a distinction between resource optimization and environmental protection. In the context of resource optimization, Trützschler addressed matters such as lower energy consumption, optimized use of raw materials, low maintenance costs and investment protection.
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ContiTech unveiled dry suit fabric for water at Techtextil
Technical Textiles
Leading supplier of a host of technical rubber and plastic products, Continental AG, recently unveiled a new dry suit fabric that offers maximum protection and the greatest possible level of safety in and under water, at Techtextil expo. Many practical tests conducted on the fabric showed that it absorbed any condensation considerably better than competitor products. The innovative Condensation Control Technology of the fabric enables optimum regulation of the body temperature, is low-noise and feels light and pliant, ContiTech said in a press release.
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Ford and Dowaksa to develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications
Innovation in Textiles
Ford and DowAksa, a leader in carbon fiber-based composites, have signed a joint development agreement to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. The agreement, between Ford Motor Company, Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing.
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