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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.
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