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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.Speaking at Techtextil Frankfurt, Andreas Engelhardt, general manager of The Fiber Year Consulting, noted growth has slowed for the fourth consecutive year in the world fibre market, to just 1.
Absorbent nonwovens benefit sportswear
A new nonwoven fabric from BASF is being used in sportswear to help regulate body temperature during physical activity.
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.
SNW meets Autoneum
Sustainable Nonwovens meetsDr James Taylor, research and technology manager for interior floor, Autoneum.
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
Completing the circuit
Three German companies have joined forces to work on a project aimed at the development of nonwoven-based printed circuit boards and actuators that are fire resistant, flexible and possess suitable drape for apparel applications.
SNW meets Henkel
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.
Bioplastics benefit nonwovens
Bioplastics production continues to grow despite the low oil price dampening new developments, and two recently-announced ventures are extremely good news for the sect
Nonwovens: on the surface
It’s little surprise that nonwovens are growing very rapidly as the preferred substrates for 21st Century wallcoverings.
Solid air
Cellulose and polyimide are promisingnew alternatives to silica as the basisfor highly insulating aerogels, writes Adrian Wils
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.
The Power of PET
At the2016 PCI Wood Mackenzie World Fibres Conference held in Hong Kong in November, Hugo Christiaen, business unit director for TWE Hygiene and Healthcare, outlined some of the many applications for polyester (PET) staple fibre-based nonwovens, as pioneered by his company, and the growth being enjoyed in these fields.
SNW meets ELG Carbon Fibre
Ten questions for…Frazer Barnes, managing director, ELG Carbon Fibre
€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.
Antimicrobial action
Effective and reliable antibacterial treatments are a necessity in today’s nonwovens industry and it is the responsibility of companies to support government hygiene initiatives according to Swiss antimicrobial specialist Sanitized.
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.
Filtration: Media City
The Filtech exhibition and conference both continue to grow, reflecting a very buoyant sector.
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.
Emerging markets choose spunlaid
Investments in spunlaid nonwoven production lines have accentuated the migration of nonwovens production from North America and Europe to Asia, according to new research.
SNW meets Revolution Fibres
Ten questions forIain Hosie, managing director, Revolution Fibres.
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.
Filtration focus
In the build up to Filtech 2017, which takes place in Cologne, Germany, from October 11-13, managing editor Adrian Wilson outlines some of the sophisticated engineered nonwovens that are now required in modern engine filtrati
Setting new standards with Reifenhäuser
At the forthcoming K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, from October 19-26, extrusion technology leader Reifenhäuser will be demonstrating how Industry 4.0 is permeating all of its developments, including the latest Reicofil technology for both high loft spunbonded nonwovens and hygiene packaging.
Automotive winning combinations
Low weight and lower costs are seeing gains for nonwovens in the rapidly-moving automotive interiors market – especially in combination with polyurethane foams.
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.
SNW meets Freudenberg Performance Materials
Ten questions for… Dr.Frank Heislitz, chief technology officer, Freudenberg Performance Materials.
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.
Wipes: from theory to practice
Horst Wörner of Kelheim Fibres and Mario Hübner of pump manufacturer Wilo outline the local practical testing that has been carried out to determine exactly how wet wipes really disperse.
SNW meets Santex Rimar Group
10 Questions For... Stefano Gallucci, CEO, Santex Rimar Group.
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.
Hygiene: disposables versus re-usables
The global hygiene market will grow 6.4 per cent annually until 2021, in terms of both volume and value, with the nonwovens segment growing at over twice this rate, as the surgical gowns and drapes market transitions to disposable nonwoven-based products globally, and the industrial wipes market continues to benefit from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s wiper rule, according to new research.
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.
Biofibre opportunities
INDA believes there is a billion dollar opportunity for bioresins and biofibres as replacements for petrochemical-based raw materials in the North American nonwovens industry.
Move for nonwovens reclassification
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
Improving your serve
When asked to guess the number one biggest-selling small household appliance in North America, few people would perhaps correctly guess it’s the single-use coffee pod.
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
The Revolution continues...
The rise of Drylock Technologies in the absorbent hygiene products market is a unique achievement.With the acquisition of the femcare business of CIP Assorbenti in September last year, Drylock Technologies has established itself as a leading force in the supply of all three of the major markets for nonwoven-based absorbent hygiene disposables (AHPs) in just five years.
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.
Bio-methane possibilities
Ingeo PLA-based fibres are going from strength to strength in the nonwovens industry as elsewhere, but at the 5th NatureWorks Innovation Takes Root conference, it became clear a much bigger prize is being pursued.
 
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