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Oct. 8, 2013

India's technical textiles industry to reach $36 billion by 2016-17
Innovation in Textiles
News that India's technical textile industry is set to be growing rapidly in the next few years comes as the Techtextil India trade fair welcomes more than 182 exhibitors from Austria, India, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, U.K., Netherlands, U.S. and other countries. The industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20 percent annually to reach $36 billion by 2016-17.More

Messe Frankfurt and JEC Group announce co-location
Nonwovens Industry
The organizers of the Techtextil North America and JEC America plan to co-locate their 2014 events scheduled May 13-15, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The co-location of Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas and JEC Americas will provide a platform for suppliers and end-product manufacturers to access the entire high-tech value chain.More

Nonwovens help in cultivation of seaweed for biomaterials
Nonwovens Industry
Seaweed harvesting in Europe's first trials of seaweed cultivation in the open ocean using advanced textiles was completed earlier this year. The cutting-edge textiles have been developed specifically for large-scale cultivation of seaweed for biomaterials and biofuels in coastal seas. Devised as part of a three-year European project called AT-SEA, the textiles have been subjected to simultaneous trials in inshore waters off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and Ireland. More

Suominen splits Nonwovens business
Innovation in Textiles
Suominen's largest business unit, Nonwovens, will be divided into two new business areas, following the plans to reshape the corporation's structure and reorganize its operations. Through the changes, Suominen aims to achieve a more focused, transparent and agile operating model, which enables the company to further strengthen its ability to generate new business. More

Nonwoven maker Jacob Holm to expand in North Carolina
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that Jacob Holm Industries, a global nonwoven manufacturing company, will expand its operations in the state's Buncombe County. The company plans to create 66 new jobs with a minimum qualifying investment of more than $45.9 million. The total capital investment is likely to exceed $60 million when the final project is complete. More

Hydroflex launches high-tech composite skateboards
Surfboard manufacturer Hydroflex Technology LLC is launching a high-end skateboard line through kickstarter in order to raise the capital needed to set up for production and bring the product to consumers. The skateboards are built like surfboards, using only foam, fiberglass and resin. The boards are light, strong and waterproof, due to their patented 3D-Glassing Technology. The deck is made of a signature honeycomb core enhanced with radiating colors, evoking an eye candy effect.More

US manufacturing activity highest since 2011
Reuters via NBC News
The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded last month at its fastest pace in almost 2-1/2 years, an industry report showed recently. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 56.2 in September from 55.7 in August, marking its highest level since April 2011. The report showed that firms added the most workers in 15 months during September. More

Smart lights at DiloSpinnbau
Sustainable Nonwovens
Nonwovens carding machinery specialist DiloSpinnbau has upgraded its 6,600 square-meter manufacturing facility in Bremen, Germany, to the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System, saving 91 percent of its lighting energy costs annually. By replacing its T8 fluorescent fixtures, the company gained a highly controllable and efficient LED lighting solution that significantly improved lighting quality and illumination levels.More