Caught in the NET
Jan. 4, 2011

Nonwovens sector remains resilient
Specialty Fabrics Review
Consumer demand for hygiene-related nonwoven fibers remains high, despite economic woes worldwide, making nonwovens manufacturers an attractive target for global acquisitions and joint ventures, reports John R. Starr Inc., a Naples, Fla., management consultant firm. John R. Starr's recent report, "Spunbonded and Spunmelt Nonwoven Polypropylene World Capacities," provides an overview of the market from 2003 to 2010, with projections into 2014.More

Disposable health care industry uniforms take center stage
Global Sources
Lab coats, surgical gowns and scrubs come in bonded textiles treated to keep out moisture and particulates. China suppliers of health care industry uniforms are turning to nonwoven fabrics for their recent releases as single-use lab coats, and surgical gowns and scrubs increase in popularity. PP variants are the most typical and least expensive option. They usually have PE coating for water resistance. More

Hassan Group starts ADL material production
The Hassan Group of Turkey has expanded its collection of nonwoven items, with its investment on a sophisticated air-through bonding line which would facilitate production of the acquisition/distribution layer (ADL) materials. Merkas A.S., under the Hassan Group, has an annual capacity to produce about 8,000 tons of nonwoven items.More

Teijin to introduce bio-derived PET fiber in 2012
Textile World
Tokyo-based Teijin Fibers Ltd. has announced plans to manufacture and market ECO CIRCLE® PlantFiber, a plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET), beginning in April 2012. The company claims the new fiber - which contains approximately 30 percent content from biofuels derived from sugar cane - will be the world's first bio-derived PET fiber to be produced commercially.More

Scientists study environmental impact of silver nano-particles in textiles
Knitting Industry
With the aim of confirming that textiles treated with silver nano-particles are harmless to the environment, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, together with 16 partners from research institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project to investigate the behavior, whereabouts and effect of silver nano-particles in the environment.More

Engineers create new nano-fiber tougher than Kevlar
A new high performance fiber that is better at absorbing energy without breaking than Kevlar has been created by the U.S Department of Defense. While still under development, the material could be used in bulletproof vests, parachutes, or in composite materials for vehicles, airplanes and satellites in the future. The fiber has been engineered from carbon nanotubes spun into a yarn and held together using a polymer. The resultant material is tough and strong while still remaining flexible.More

Avgol acquires its North American distributor
Avgol Nonwoven Industries Ltd., by paying seven million dollars, has acquired majority of the assets of its distributor, Cleaver Associates Inc. Cleaver which is the firm's sole distributor in North America and a general distributor for other provinces, accounted for 78 percent of the company's overall sales for 2009, inclusive of the sales made to the Procter and Gamble.More

Owens Corning to expand production, add jobs at Aiken, S.C., facility
Textile World
Toledo, Ohio-based glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials producer Owens Corning is planning to invest $36 million to add a nonwoven glass fiber mat production line at its Aiken, S.C., facility, with the expectation of adding 24 jobs. The line will manufacture materials for use in industrial and construction applications and is scheduled to be operational in mid-2012.More