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Sales of natural fibers for composites to double by 2015
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Sales of natural fibers for use as reinforcement materials in composites in Europe could increase to 40,000 50,000 tons by 2015 compared with 20,000 tons in 2010, according to a report in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets - a quarterly publication from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. More

Indian technical textiles market surging
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India's government now estimates that the country's growing technical textiles sector will reach $36 billion by 2016-17, according to Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University, in a recent report. He says an estimated annual growth rate of 20 percent is expected. The Indian government is promoting the growth of the technical textiles sector by creating new centers of excellence, market research and support programs. More

Delusterant for polyester and nylon fibers launched
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ColorMatrix has entered the carpet, textile and nonwovens industry with a new liquid delusterant for use in polyester and nylon fiber production. Mattenex, a TiO2-based technology, reduces the reflective appearance of bright nylon and polyester fiber in a variety of applications from carpet and textile apparel to nonwoven and automotive products. More

Selective filtration
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Researchers at Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University are using nanotechnology to develop fabrics incorporating metal-organic framework molecules that will selectively capture gases such as chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, providing a filtration system that can help protect military personnel, first responders and others at high risk for exposure to such substances. More

Novel coatings show great promise as flame retardants in polyurethane foam
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Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Texas A&M University outperformed conventional flame retardants used in the polyurethane foam of upholstered furniture and mattresses by at least 160 percent and perhaps by as much as 1,130 percent. More

Finnish Ahlstrom to sell wipes fabrics business
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Finnish food wrapping, fiber and specialty paper group Ahlstrom Oyj said it agreed to sell its wipes fabrics business to Suominen Yhtyma Oyj for 170 million euros ($243 million). The deal makes Suominen the global market leader in nonwoven roll goods for wiping, baby care, hygiene, household and industrial wiping, it said. More

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New Garnett-e-Controls for textile machinery
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Garnett Controls Ltd is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems. Utilizing the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens, as well as an increasingly wider spectrum of applications both inside and outside the textile sector. More

Exports fueling growth in packaging waste recycling rates
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Growth in the U.K. recycling market is chiefly being driven by exports with 37 percent of packaging waste volume being shipped to countries such as India and China, according to a new report. The Envicura study, which focuses on flexible packaging waste in the municipal waste stream, states that plastic bags account for around 90 percent of flexible waste recycling, with 95 percent of that going abroad. More

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