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The woman who invented disposable diapers
The Atlantic
Marion Donovan, inventor of the first disposable diaper, told Barbara Walters that one simple question guided her work: "What do I think will help a lot of people and most certainly will help me?" The advantage — and the downside — of this philosophy was that when she first started out in the 1940s, men controlled manufacturing. And to them, the problems she was fixing might as well not have existed.
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TAPPI invites you to present at NETInc 2015
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TAPPI's Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists Division has announced its Call for Papers for the 2015 NETInc (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) to be held April 19-22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. The NET Division Conference Program Committee is currently seeking abstracts for a variety of industry topics. Full details on how to submit and deadlines can be found at the event website www.netincevent.org.
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Lenzing presents new study on Tencel for use in hygiene products
Innovation in Textiles
Lenzing released the results of consumer tests using Tencel Biosoft, an ultra-soft hydrophobic Lyocell fiber type, in the top-sheet of incontinence products. In cooperation with the German company Hygiene Technologie, Lenzing conducted a wear test, which was analyzed by the Austrian Research Institute, Joanneum Research Forschungs.
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The Rupp Report: Technical textiles still lead the way
Textile World
For the western textile industry in general, and for the European textile industry in particular, technical textiles were and still are the main anchor of survival over the past 25 years. Growth rates continue to rise, especially for nonwovens. One encounters technical textiles at every turn in daily life. Knowledgeable people only have to look around to see technical textiles everywhere — used for truck tarpaulins or protective apparel of all kinds, for example. Today, there virtually are no areas where technical textiles cannot be used in any form.
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Canada files WTO complaint over Chinese duty on pulp
Fibre2Fashion
The Government of Canada has officially complained to the World Trade Organization and sought consultations over China's continued levy of anti-dumping duties on dissolving pulp, used to produce rayon in the textile industry. In its filing, Canada claimed that preliminary and final anti-dumping duty imposed on dissolving pulp by China in November 2013 and April 2014, respectively, "appear to be inconsistent with China’s obligations under various provisions of the Anti-Dumping Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade  1994."
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Lifting oil exports ban would boost US manufacturing
Manufacturing.net
The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study. This was the finding of a new report, titled "Lifting the Crude Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing" that was sponsored jointly by The Aspen Institute's program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century and the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.
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SCA says ready to fight P&G in incontinence care market
Reuters
Sweden's SCA, the world's biggest maker of incontinence pads, is accelerating product upgrades and boosting promotions to counter the re-entry of U.S. personal care giant Procter & Gambler into the market, its CEO told Reuters. However, Jan Johansson brushed off some analysts' advice that he should respond with a change in strategy, such as extending one of SCA's feminine care brands into incontinence.
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Technical textiles still lead the way
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For the Western textile industry in general, and for the European textile industry in particular, technical textiles were and still are the main anchor of survival over the past 25 years.

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Diamond Wipes launches facial sheet wipe
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Diamond Wipes, major manufacturer of private label and contract packaging wet wipes, announced the launch of facial sheet mask services available now to beauty and personal care brand owners and marketers.

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Reclaiming the US textile industry
Specialty Fabrics Review
After years of struggles, there's optimism in the U.S. textile industry. The recent recession took its toll, but growth was already flagging from increased off-shore production and a shrinking skilled workforce, among other things.

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High-performance fabrics and finishes stretch the capabilities of athletes
Specialty Fabrics Review
Once upon a time, recreational sports were pretty tame: Croquet, badminton, golf, rowing. But as humans eyed what new technology afforded them in the way of action, they began pushing the physical limits. When ESPN launched the X Games in 1995, it only fueled the fire. "Now everyone is performing incredibly difficult maneuvers. Look at the NFL, where players are getting stronger and faster, with a consequence that the hits they take are ever harder and the impact energies higher. What this all means is that the expectations and requirements for impact protection are always changing."
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Gurit hails maiden flight of composites-made helicopter
Fibre2Fashion
Gurit hailed the successful maiden flight of SKYe SH09 – an entirely new, multi-purpose, versatile, largely composite-built helicopter from Marenco Swisshelicopter AG. "This new class of helicopters is designed and built in Switzerland and features Gurit composite materials," Gurit said. The SKYe SH09 was officially rolled out in November 2013 and presented to the public and within a year, the ground-breaking new composite helicopter has successfully completed its maiden flight. Rethinking the whole concept paved the way to unique features that make SKYe a truly versatile, multi-purpose next-generation craft.
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Swedish steelworkers trial underwear made from fabric used in spacesuits
Innovation in Textiles
Swedish steelworkers are to be provided with safer and cooler underwear to work in, designed with a high-tech fabric used in spacesuits, the European Space Agency reports. Using Nomex, a highly resistant fabric used in astronauts’ suits, the Swedish underwear company Björn Borg has come up with prototypes for modern undergarments designed specifically to cope with the extreme conditions of a steel mill.
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