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PET recyclers suffer lower input qualities
SCHUMAN – European PET recyclers have faced substantial additional costs in response to a decreased yield of recyclable materials, according to Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE).
Finer, softer hemp fibres with SeFF
LEEDS – A patented ‘cottonisation’ process which will allow hemp fibre to be used in new markets was introduced at the Nonwovens Network UK seminar held in Bradford on 29 June.
Birla assessed in fibre report
Future thinking for SCA
Hygiene and forest products company SCA has shared further details on its business restructure.
Rayonier to buy Tembec
Cellulose supplier Rayonier Advanced Materials is to buy Canada's Tembec for CA$807 million, including debt, to further expand its business into packaging and forest products.
Melamine advantages in meltblown nonwovens
A new meltblown nonwoven made of pure melamine – one of the best priced acoustic and thermal insulating materials for high-temperature applications – was introduced by smartpolymer GmbH, based in Rudolstadt, Germany, at this year’s Techtextil show in Frankfurt.
New Lenzing fibres at Planet Textiles
This autumn, Austrian speciality fibre maker Lenzing will launch a new brand of viscose fibres which it claims will set a "new industry-wide benchmark in the sustainability of viscose fibres.
PEF approved for recyclability
The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has given interim approval for the recyclability polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) – a material often used as the main component in personal and home care products.
Record results for Lenzing
Speciality fibres manufacturer Lenzing has achieved its best quarterly results in the company’s history.
2016: historic year for fibres
The world fibre market surpassed 100 million tonnes for the first time in 2016, with nonwovens production up 6.9 per cent. Stacey Dove reports from Frankfurt, Germany.
Andritz line to TTL
Andritz Nonwoven has received an order from TTL, Germany, to supply a complete needlepunch line. Start-up of the line is scheduled for summer 2017.
Sateri further ups viscose capacity
Sateri, the largest producer of viscose fibre in China, has signed an investment agreement with the municipal government of Jiujiang in Jiangxi province to expand its viscose staple fibre capacity in China by up to 1 million tons per year.
Towards a circular economy
‘Developing towards a circular economy’ is the theme ofCarpet Recycling UK’s 2017 annual conference and awards event which takes place at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on 21 Ju
Partners join NatureWorks at Index
At the ongoing Index trade fair in Geneva, bioploymers supplier NatureWorks (NW) and its supply chain partners are showcasing the latest developments in nonwoven applications for Ingeo, the company’s portfolio of polylactic acid (PLA) performance materials.
Suominen launches high performance wipes
Finland-based nonwovens supplier Suominen has launched a new wetlaid nonwoven substrate for professional wipes, which is said to be the strongest wipes material on the market – both wet and dry.
Portable nanofibre production
In the USA, a lightweight and portable fabrication device which can quickly produce nanofibres with precise control over fibre orientation has been developed by researchers at the Harvard John A.
Lenzing ups Tencel production
Lenzing is expanding the production capacities of its Tencel fibre at its Heiligenkreuz site in Burgenland, Austria.
Contamination prevention for nonwovens
Textile testing company Uster Technologies will present its fibre cleaning systems at nonwoven exhibition Index next month.
Cotton benefits oil spill remediation
Finer raw cotton in loose form performs best for absorbing oil, beneficial for environmental clean-ups following oil spills, according to the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University.
Fibertex increases prices
Significant raw material price increases have forced Fibretex Nonwovens to increase prices with immediate effect, the company has announced.
Covestro updates on CO2 foam
Polymer materials manufacturer Covestro has commenced industrial production of CO2-based foam for items including mattresses and upholstered furniture from its plant in Dormagen, Germany.
Biobased certification for Lenzing
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Lenzing Viscose and Lenzing Modal fibre product families its Biobased Product Label.
Sirane opens plant in Mexico
Packaging specialist Sirane, headquartered in Telford, Shropshire, UK, has started up a new plant for manufacturing absorbent fruit pads based on nonwovens and other soft materials in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fibre innovation winner announced
An entry proposing the use of filters made of functionalised viscose fibres as a fourth clarification stage in wastewater treatment plants, working to filter out potentially endocrine disrupting substances found in wastewater, has won an innovation competition organised by viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres.
Natureworks partners on circular economy
Bioploymers supplier NatureWorks has partnered with circular economy specialist the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on a new plastics initiative.
GlaxoSmithKline backs Puridify
Puridify, the developer of new bioprocessing purification technologies based on nanofibre nonwovens for industrial biomolecule manufacturing, has signed a new 18-month collaboration agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to extend the evaluation of its FibroSelect purification technology.
Techtextil prepares for take off
The press kits contained featherweight packs of freeze-dried peaches and ice cream. The flowers on the tables were edible and beside their vases sat the latest Samsung virtual reality headsets.
€55 million deal for PHA bioplastics
Bio-on, headquartered in Bologna, Italy, has signed a new €55 million multi-license contract with an unspecified major multinational company.The aim is to replace conventional plastic packaging with materials based on Bio-on’s PHA biodegradable biopolymers and the plan envisages the construction of a series of PHAs bioplastic production plants to achieve an overall output of 100,000 tonnes per year.
Lenzing invests in new US Tencel plant
Specialist fibres manufacturer Lenzing will invest in a new Tencel fibre plant in the US, planned to begin operation in Q1 2019.
Cleaning up with cellulose aerogels
Cheap and highly effective nonwovens for oil absorbents and insulation could result from new cellulose aerogels which have been manufactured from waste paper.
Bioplastics production grows despite low oil price
The results of an annual market data update by European Bioplastics show stable growth for the global bioplastics industry, despite the low oil price.Global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 4.
Sioen deal for Ursuit
Nonwoven fabrics and technical textiles manufacturerSioen Industries has acquired the Ursuit group, a Finnish manufacturer of dry suits for diving, fishing and professional use in extreme environments.
Georgia-Pacific invests in digital print
Georgia-Pacific Corporation (GPC), a manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics, paper-based products, corrugated boxes, containers and speciality packaging products, is to enhance its portfolio with a new digital web printing press for packaging at its plant at West Chester, Ohio, USA.
Lenzing praised for sustainable sourcing
Specialist fibre manufacturer Lenzing has been ranked first by Canadian environmental organisation Canopy Planet Society with respect to the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fibre production.
Advansa platforms wallpaper capabilities
Polyester fibre producer Advansa, based in Germany, made its name with the introduction of fibres for the nonwoven wallpaper industry, and the company now has a portfolio of more than 35 fibre types for this application.
Oil prices to jolt nonwovens
Energy costs will likely increase next year and rise at an accelerated rate in 2018, in turn upping resin prices and some staple fibre costs for nonwovens producers, according to a new report.
Nonwovens drive lyocell growth
The global lyocell fibre market will grow at a CAGR of close to 8 per cent until 2020, according to new research.
Wetlaid nonwovens analysis
The wetlaid nonwovens market is in an ideal position to address the global growing demand for more sustainable products, according to new research.
Total and Corbion bioplastics venture
Oil and gas company Total and bio-based products business Corbion are to develop bioplastics with a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers.
North America airlaid analysis
North America, home of some of the largest airlaid producers and airlaid raw material suppliers, is importing some material from Europe and will have major supply issues if new capacity is not added by 2020, according to new research.
NatureWorks wins 3M supplier award
NatureWorks, the Ingeo PLA biopolymer supplier to the plastics, fibres and nonwovens markets, has been awarded two Supplier of the Year Awards in recognition of its contribution to improving 3M's competitiveness and sustainability drive.
TenCate wants graphene solution
Imagine IM, based in Rosebery, New South Wales in Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding with TenCate Geosynthetics to develop and demonstrate a modified imgne X3 coating for a specific range of polypropylene nonwoven geotextiles.
Natureworks tech benefits serviceware
NatureWorks and bioplastics injection moulder Natur-Tec have jointly developed a new technology platform that lowers the cost of compostable serviceware while increasing performance.
Bio-SAP market to reach US$190 million
Demand for high-performance absorption polymers in adult incontinence products, innovative feminine hygiene items, disposable diapers, and agricultural applications, will boost the global market value of biodegradable superabsorbent materials to US$190 million by 2024, according to a new report.
Making bio-PET a commercial reality
Virent, based in Madison, Wisconsin,has established a strategic consortium with Coca Cola, Johnson Matthey, Tesoro and Toray, aimed at completing the development and scale up of its proprietary BioForming technology.
Novamont plant for BDO production
Italian bioplastics company Novamont, which has around 1,000 patents for biopolymers and bio-chemicals, has opened a commercial-scale facility for the production of bio-based BDO in Bottrighe, north east Italy.
Nanotech for ‘safer’ hygiene products
New research into replacing microfibres with nanofibres aims to replace potential harmful materials in diapers and feminine hygiene products.
Retailers buying in to carpet recycling
More retailers are taking on the challenge of recycling waste carpet that can potentially help them to make substantial cost savings while improving their service to customers, according to Carpet Recycling UK, the industry’s association for recycling and reusing carpet.
Lenzing measures textile softness
Lenzing has presented a new method to measure textile softness, together with German instrument manufacturer Emtec Electron
‘First nonwoven made from yarn’
The ‘first nonwoven material made from yarn’ has been developed by a researcher at Nottingham Trent University, UK. The structure of the material – Zephlinear – produced by yarn surface entanglement, is said to be applicable for the encasing of copper wiring, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and more.
Wet-laid route to the matrix
Xanofi, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has adopted the wet-laid nonwovens process for the production of three-dimensional cell culture supports.
Nanofibre filters for better DNA samples
New nanofibre filters could prove an essential new tool in the DNA analysis of evidence obtained in sexual assault cases, believes InnoGenomics, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Graphene enhances geotextiles
The first field trial in Australia for conductive geotextiles enhanced with graphene has been hailed a success by Imagine IM, the company behind Australia’s first commercial scale graphene production plant.
Bostik appoints new CEO
Adhesives giant Bostik has appointed Vincent Legros as chairman and CEO of the company. Legros also joins Arkema’s executive committee.
Solegear US patent for bioplastics
Solegear Bioplastic Technologies has been granted a US patent which covers the synthesis of bio-based additives with polylactic acid (PLA) to deliver performance characteristics required for applications including packaging and durable goods.
SCA plans company split
The board of directors at global hygiene company SCA plans to split the group into two listed companies in 2017. Under new proposals, which the board will present to shareholders at the company’s next AGM, the group will operate as two separate entities: a hygiene division and a forest products division.
Novozymes cuts sales outlook
Danish enzyme producer Novozymes has adjusted its full-year organic sales growth outlook to 2-4 per cent, down from 3-5 per cent, said to reflect uncertainty in most of the industries in which the company operates.
Sateri to up viscose capacity by 1m tons
Sateri has confirmed machinery orders to expand its viscose staple fibre production capacity by 1 million tons, a move which will reportedly position the company as the world’s largest producer of viscose fibre by 2020.
Lenzing to up fibre production
Lenzing, manufacturer of textile fibres and pulp raw materials, is to invest more than €100 million in its production capabilities and aims to expand its capacities for specialty fibres by 35,000 tons by mid-20
Metabolix winds down biopolymer operations
Yield10 Bioscience, focused on developing technologies to improve crop yield to enhance global food security, is to become the core business of advanced biomaterials company Metabolix following a company restructure.
Bio-aromatics from waste
Turning waste, that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry is the challenge being undertaken by a consortium of 12 companies, including absorbent hygiene recycling specialist Knowaste.
Restructure for Crailar
The intellectual property and production know-how of flax fibre manufacturer Crailar Technologies, have been purchased by Crailar Fibre Technologies International.
Lenzing launches recycled fibre
Cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing is launching a new Tencel fibre made from cotton waste fabrics in a bid to drive circular economy solutions in the textile industry.
Nanotech expands cotton applications
Research scientists in the US say nanotechnology creates new uses for cotton nonwovens in devices for the medical sector. Tony Whitfield spoke to Doug Hinchliffe from the Cotton Chemistry and Utlisation Research Unit (CCU RU) at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Platinum recovered from fuel cells
Resource recovery business Axion Consulting, a division of Axion Recycling, has worked with nonwoven materials manufacturer Technical Fibre Products and fuel cell components manufacturer Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells on a platinum and polymer recovery project, co-funded by Innovate
Nonwovens Institute selects projects
Research projects covering responsive hydrogels in nonwoven fabrics, photoactive polymers, and the impact of polymer blends on the melt-spinning process have been chosen for funding from the Nonwovens Institute, North Caroli
Spunchem boost for SA hygiene market
Spunchem, one of South Africa’s leading producers of nonwoven fabrics, is to build a new spunbond line and upgrade facilities to increase capacity at its plant in Durban.
Suominen promotes sustainability
Suominen is to increase its output of products manufactured using certified raw materials as part of a new strategy to promote sustainability in nonwovens used in its wipes, hygiene products and medical applications.
Freudenberg lithium project
Nonwovens manufacturer Freudenberg Performance Materials is co-ordinating the new HiPoLiT research consortium, which was launched in January 2016 with €2 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMB
Beaulieu Fibres in Panama geotextiles
UV-resistant fibres from polypropylene (PP) staple fibre supplier Beaulieu Fibres International are being used in Manifattura Fontana’s geotextiles helping to waterproof and protect the Panama Canal extensions.
Toray ups polypropylene production
The production capacity of polypropylene spunbond nonwoven fabric will be expanded at Toray Advanced Materials Korea.
EPO upholds Mitsubishi patent on bio-polyester
The European Patent Office has issued a statement agreeing with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation that it owns a patent for biomass-based polyester after a number of other corporations questioned its validity.
AHP recycling plans resubmitted
Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) waste recycling specialist Knowaste has resubmitted plans to develop the UK’s largest nappy recycling facility in Hayes, West Lond
Fibre tagging for secure supply chains
Materials design company Techmer PM, in partnership with Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) and Palmetto Synthetics, has created customised materials to help tag and authenticate polymer-based fibre materia
TFP to exhibit at SAMPLE
Technical Fibre Products (TFP), a manufacturer of speciality wet-laid nonwovens for high performance applications, is to exhibit at advanced materials fair SAMPLE in Long Beach, California, later this month.
Trevira CEO extends contract
Polyester manufacturer Trevira has confirmed Klause Holz is to continue as the company’s CEO. Holz, who joined Trevira in 2001, has extended his contract with the company until the end of 2019.
Designer Contracts hits 90% landfill diversion
CRUK member Designer Contracts is the UK's largest flooring contractor, with a turnover of £34 million, up 14 per cent on 2014. Having dedicated three years of continuous effort to recycling, last year they reached a milestone of all 12 regional centres recycling carpet offcuts into felts and other products via Anglo Recycling.
A new era in North Carolina
The new $31.6 million Uniquetex spunmelt plant that is to be built in North Carolina represents the next level of harmonisation for the global nonwovens industry.
Xerium buys JJ Plank
Xerium Technologies, developer and supplier of engineered products for industries including nonwovens, pulp processing, and paper, has announced it has acquired the business of J.
Lenzing to focus on value in nonwovens
Lenzing, manufacturer of textile fibres and pulp raw materials, plans to increase its portfolio of speciality fibres for nonwovens by 2020, and says it will concentrate on value rather than volume in its sales chain.
Kelheim filtration breakthrough
Kelheim Fibres is researching the suitability of its hydrophobic Olea fibre for emulsion separation.If successful, the company says the research has the potential to open a new area of filtration applications.
Corbion Q1 sales up
Bio-based products developer Corbion reported sales of €228.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 and expects to see growth in its biochemicals business segment during the remaining quarters of the financial year.
Needle exchange and closed loop control
Autefa Solutions, a supplier of customised concepts and service for complete needlepunch lines, combing opening and blending, chute feed, carding, crosslapping, needlepunching, drafting and winding, will showcase its newAutomatic Needle Exchanger 2.
Nonwovens techniques in bioengineering
Techniques for manufacturing textiles and nonwoven materials offer cost-effective solutions for engineering tissues needed for organ and tissue repair, according to bioengineering researchers.
Trevira debut at IDEA
Polyester producer and brand Trevira will present its full range of PET speciality fibres at IDEA when it makes its debut appearance at nonwovens and engineered fabrics conference IDEA.
Polycarbonate spunbonds for filter media
SABIC Global Technologies based in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands, has secured a world patent for a method of spunbonding bicomponent fibres of polypropylene and polycarbona
New production line for Kelheim
Viscose speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is to invest up to €20 million to convert one of its production lines to a multifunctional line to increase capacity, in response to a growing demand for short cut fibres.
Registration open for fibres congress
The 55th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC) will return this September.Lectures will focus on fibre innovations, fibres for nonwovens, fibres and textiles for automotive applications, finishing and functional additives, and textiles.
NatureWorks launches new R&D lab
NatureWorks has opened a new US$1 million laboratory as part of its programme to commercialise a fermentation process for transforming methane into lactic acid, the building block of its Ingeo biopolymer.
Grants available for cellulose innovations
New grants are available for companies working towards commercial developments of cellulose nanocrystals (CN
Corbion PLA plant on track
Bio-based products developer Corbion has begun basic engineering on its new polylactic acid (PLA) polymerisation plant, to be opened in Thailand in 2018.
New research on nonwoven adhesives
The nonwoven adhesives market is predicted to worth US$2.22 billion by 2020, according to new research which profiles companies including Bostik, H.B. Fuller and Henkel
New Glatfelter US manufacturing site
Glatfelter, global supplier of specialty papers and fibre-based engineered materials, is to open a new manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Glatfelter’s products range includes substrates for products such as wipes, feminine hygiene products, nonwoven wallcoverings and printing papers.
GDM expands hygiene packaging line
Machinery manufacturer for hygiene disposable products GDM Spa has expanded its packaging portfolio with new systems available for all lines - adult incontinence, baby diaper, baby training pants, feminine hygiene products, light incontinence, and underpads.
Pilot-scale production for bio-BDE
Versalis, a European producer in the polymers and elastomers industry, and bioengineering company Genomatica have advanced to pilot-scale production of bio-butadiene (bio-BDE) from fully renewable feedstock.
Infrared fibres for Kelheim
Viscose fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has progressed with its development of infrared (IR) reflective fibres.The Germany-based company says its spinning trials showed the new IR fibre, which can be used for both nonwoven and textile processes, is effective for the reflectance of direct sunlight and is capable of providing a cooling effect, which can protect the human body from outside radiation.
Ahlstrom deal for glass fibre business
Finnish fibre–based materials supplier Ahlstrom has signed an agreement to sell its building and wind business unit to insulation manufacturer Owens Corning.
UK carpet recycling exceeds target
Carpet Recycling UK has achieved a 31% landfill diversion rate for waste carpet in 2015, surpassing its 25% target. Energy recovery is a growing sector for waste carpet where it is used as an alternative fuel replacement in cement kilns, as well as for incineration with energy recovery from municipal solid waste (MS
Knowaste updates on diaper recycling facility
Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) waste recycling specialist Knowaste has shared updates on its plans for the UK’s largest diaper recycling facility in in Hayes, West London.
New launch for Fiberpartner
Staple fibres supplier Fiberpartner will launch a new addition to its virgin fibres Fipatec Neverflat series at Heimtextil in Frankfurt next week.Applications for Fiberpartner’s range of hollow and conjugated fibres include needle-punched nonwovens, acoustic materials, hygiene products and medical wipes, in addition to end uses such as fibrefill for pillows, duvets and quil
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