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Nano coatings for textiles and nonwovens: The future is now
Innovation in Textiles
Scientific and commercial research into nanopolymer technology, polymers or copolymers with nanoparticles or nanofillers dispersed in the polymer matrix, has exploded since its discovery less than a decade ago and today there are many applications for nanopolymers both in industry and in consumer markets. One avenue of research, development and commercialization of nanopolymers is in the nano coatings industry where nanopolymer coatings can impart amazing new properties to materials, increasing their effectiveness whilst decreasing their maintenance time and cost.
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SCA debuts Roll.Press.Go
Global hygiene and forest products company SCA debuted Roll.Press.Go, a sanitary feminine pad disposal solution. The company created Roll.Press.Go in an effort to make the disposal of sanitary products more discreet. Roll.Press.Go offers a hygienic solution to disposing feminine care products as it has self-sealing edges on all sides. By rolling up the used napkin in the wrapper and pressing the edges to seal it in, the pad will be tightly secured on all sides when it’s thrown away, or brought along.
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Textile technological innovation realized in small steps
In an exclusive interview, Heinz Michel spoke about the latest technological innovations taking place at Santex, his opinion on the potential of textile machinery in Europe, the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region and other emerging economies and other topics. Revealing the textile technologies from Santex, he adds, "For instance, we developed special devices to reduce energy like energy-saving chambers for our Santashrink dryer and we launched a special Compact machine to get a better luster on the fabric and reduce residual shrinkage of knitted goods."
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PGI adds to European capacity; launches soft products
PGI will increase its European output, bringing its total capacity in the region to above 100,000 metric tons. At a news conference held at EDANA's Outlook conference in Barcelona, Spain, the company said it would significantly increase its spunmelt nonwovens capacity in Tarragona, Spain by 2015 and add to its specialty carded capacity in Terno, Italy.
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  EasyWeb™ Torque Controller Holds Tension

Use the EasyWeb torque controller to maintain tension during unwinding or winding operations on printing and web finishing lines. As a lower-cost alternative to the high-precision transducer-based tension controllers DFE offers, the EasyWeb works from a diameter calculator signal to continually adjust winding torque and achieve roughly consistent running tension throughout the process. MORE

Adult nappies 'outsell baby nappies'
Daily Mirror
Around the world, that transition seems already to have taken place. Adult nappies are outselling nappies for babies in Japan, analysts at Pew Research Center believe. Incontinence is a common problem among the elderly population and, with the average age of populations across the world increasing, the Japanese market is leading the way. In Japan, people aged 65-and-over account for around a quarter of the overall population, increasing from 17.4 percent in 2000. And the population is not getting younger - Japan's median age will be 53 by 2050 and the birth-rate per woman is still below two.
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Teijin Frontier unveils new fiber-based cosmetic products
Teijin Frontier, a fiber products converting company of the $7.7 billion Japan based, Teijin Group said it has expanded the lineup of its next-generation cosmetic products. The new products from Teijin Frontier that leverage high performance fiber technologies, include a soft cotton puff, oil-blotting handkerchief and comfortable hygienic insoles.
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Manufacturing in the US expanded more than projected in November
Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in November at a faster pace than projected, signaling the world's largest economy is rising above a global slowdown. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index was little changed at 58.7 in November, the second-strongest level since April 2011, compared with 59 in October, the Tempe, Arizona-based group reported. It exceeded the median forecast of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg and readings greater than 50 indicate growth.
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Jacob Holm completes Sontara deal
News broke recently that Jacob Holm's acquisition of Sontara spunlace technology from DuPont, a deal announced in June, had been finalized. The acquisition not only broadens Jacob Holm's presence in the spunlace market and significantly expands its sales, it also provides it with exposure to some important new markets for spunlace. "It was a good opportunity for Jacob Holm to create a new industry innovation leader for spunlace by combining the two businesses," says CEO Martin Mikkelsen. "It also shows significant growth for us."
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