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Growth predicted for nonwoven filter media
LONDON –The nonwoven filter media market is projected to grow at a CAGR of close to 7 per cent until 2021, according to new research which profiles industry vendors including 3M, Ahlstrom, Cummins Filtration and Freudenberg.
Automotive carpet insulation from Autoneum
ZURICH – Automotive insulation manufacturer Autoneum, showcased its new needle-punch carpet system, Tune-It, at the Automotive Acoustics Conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
Trützschler introduces new tuft blender
MÖNCHENGLADBACH – Machinery manufacturer Trützschler has released its new tuft feeding machine, T-Blend. This technology is said to be faster, more reliable and work with capacities of up to 2000kg per hour.
Starring roles for nonwovens
BRADFORD – Nonwovens have more than a walk-on part in Transformers: The Last Knight, the Hollywood blockbuster which has just been released in UK cinemas.
Hassan benefits from Dilo machinery
Aerogels and nonwovens for FR insulation
Composite solutions for infrastructure
LEEDS – European manufacturers of geosynthetics are increasingly turning to customised solutions to meet specific infrastructural problems, in order to differentiate themselves from “me too” manufacturers.
Technical Absorbents at Nonwovens Network
BRADFORD – The 2017 edition of the Nonwovens Network seminar, held this week in Bradford, UK, was focused on sustainable strategies, with presentations from companies including machinery manufacturer LaRoche, ELG Carbon Fibre and Interface.
IAC to join GM in Arlington
TEXAS – International Automotive Components (IAC), the manufacturer of automotive interior components, including nonwoven-based acoustics and floorcoverings, is one of a number of suppliers who will be introducing operations at the new General Motors Arlington Assembly supplier park in Texas.
Hygiene manufacturer introduces Tresu printers
KOLDING – Slovakia's leading manufacturer of feminine hygiene products, SCA Gemerská Hôrka, has introduced four colour Tresu flexo printing units to a number of its converting lines, which will increase production speed and quality while reducing waste, according to the business.
Isra Vision benefits fibre distribution
GERMANY- Isra Vision, manufacturer of machine vision and industrial image processing technology, has created a new monitoring system to regulate the distribution of nonwovens in production.
NatureWorks to grow Ingeo PLA portfolio
Biopolymers supplier NatureWorks has signed a contract to license Plaxica's Optipure chemical processing technology for the production of D-lactic acid.
SCA to close US tissue plant
SCA is to close its tissue production plant in Flagstaff, Arizona, US, in a bid to improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness of its professional hygiene business in North Ameri
Rapid progress for Gama Healthcare
Watford, UK, headquartered Gama Healthcare – the largest supplier of wipes to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) – has announced plans to build a new £2 million research and development facility.
Xerium belts on new NI line
Huycon forming belts from Xerium Technologies, a provider of industrial consumable products and services, have been selected for a new Reicofil 4 pilot line at the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University.
NWI opens new facility
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) has officially opened new facilities at its base at the North Carolina State University.
Mitsui Chemicals develops Airyfa
Mitsui Chemicals has developed Airyfa, billed as the world’s first high strength flexible nonwoven.
High-Tech adds wipes options
Cleaning products manufacturer High-Tech Conversions has added four new pre-saturated wipe options to its product portfolio, including nonwoven options.
Donaldson acquires Hy-Pro Filtration
Filtration giant the Donaldson Company has acquired Hy-Pro Corporation. Hy-Pro designs and manufactures filtration systems and replacement filters for stationary hydraulic and industrial lubrication filtration applications.
Nordson patent updates
The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court has ruled two products from DC Spray Coating System Fabricating Co., Ltd., a company located in the Fujian Province, Southeast China, infringe patents held by adhesive dispensing equipment manufacturer Nordson.
Spray applicator claims eco benefits
Baldwin Technology Company will showcase its spray applicator technology for nonwovens and technical textiles finishing at Techtextil Frankfurt next month.
New lab for Low & Bonar
Performance materials manufacturer Low & Bonar has opened a new laboratory to develop filtration solutions to meet the increasing demands for cleaner industrial and automotive air in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Teijin fibres at Techtextil
The Teijin Group’s core aramid-fibres business Teijin Aramid and fibre and products converting business Teijin Frontier Co. will exhibit at nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany.
Speciality finishes benefit nonwovens
Speciality chemicals company Croda presented its product and technology innovations for the nonwovens supply chain at Index 17 in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month.
AI and robotics for the recycling plant
US company Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced the arrival of Max-AI technology – an artificial intelligence that identifies recyclables and other items for recovery in mixed waste streams.
FET line for UMass
Fibre Extrusion Technology, based in Leeds, UK, (FET) has installed an FET-100 Series multifunctional laboratory melt spinning system at the University of Massachusetts (UMas
Sensor technology at Techtextil
BST ProControl will demonstrate its sensor portfolio for the measurement and quality assurance of flat material webs and technical textiles at Techtextil Frankfurt.
Magic formula for new bio-SAPs
Pictured at Index 17 in Geneva last week is the team from converting company Magic, based in Oleggio, Italy, which claimed the show’s Innovation Award for Raw Materials for its Spongel superabsorbent powder.
Odour management from Henkel
Henkel, a supplier of adhesives to the hygiene industry, is presenting its new technology for reducing, neutralising, or augmenting malodor in personal hygiene products at Index 2017.
Flushable nonwovens from Nanoval
A new process for the spinning of fully flushable cellulose nonwovens from a lyocell spin-dope has been developed by Nanoval, based in Berlin, Germany.
Nanofibres benefit air filtration
At the National University of Singapore (NUS), thin, see-through air filters have been made from a new nanofibre solution. They are capable of removing up to 90 per cent of PM2.
Recycled carbon nonwovens for rail vehicles
As it continues qualification work for its recycled carbon nonwovens with a number of automotive brands, ELG Carbon Fibre provided details of a novel composite bogie frame for rail vehicles at this week’s JEC World in Paris.
Americhem softeners for nonwovens
Americhem Europe, provider of colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will feature its mBrace softening additives at nonwovens exhibition Index next month.
Fameccanica and Bicma end patent dispute
Fameccanica Data S.p.A. and Bicma Hygiene Technologie have reached a confidential settlement ending a patent infringement dispute relating to Fameccanica patent EP1941853 concerning a method for producing sanitary articles with ‘zero-waste’ side panels.
AGC Chemicals expands testing lab
Fluorochemicals supplier AGC Chemicals Americas has enhanced its AsahiGuard water and oil repellents testing lab in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA.The technical facility now contains extensive testing equipment specialised for developing repellents for nonwovens and textiles.
Autoneum adds lightweight nonwoven
Vehicle acoustic and thermal management company Autoneum has added the Di-Light nonwoven carpet for compact and medium class vehicles to its product portfolio.
Clorox wipes gain EPA recognition
Cleansing wipes from Clorox Healthcare have been endorsement by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their impact in the fight against the spread of pathogens that cause hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
Sandler to advance at Techtextil
Sandler will demonstrate from its portfolio of advanced nonwovens for acoustic insulation, transportation, and filtration at nonwovens and technical textiles fair Techtextil, to be held 9-12 May in Frankfurt, Germany.
Custom patent reports available
Nonwovens consultancy Nonwovens By Design is offering a new report on recently issued patents and published patent applications in the wipes, medical and hygiene markets of the nonwovens industry.
Disinfectant wipe for C. diff
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved expanded claims for the 1:10 Dilution Alcavis Bleach Wipes from Angelini Pharma, the American business unit of Italian pharmaceutical company Angelini, to include Clostridium difficile (commonly known as C.
Teknoweb grows nonwovens team
Teknoweb Converting has welcomed a new sales executive to its global sales team.
New control panel for ultrasonic bonding
Herrmann Ultraschall has introduced a new touch control panel with enhanced safety features, improved process visualisation and more data storage capacity for controlling the ultrasonic welding process in a nonwovens production li
Pollution efforts benefit Chinese nonwovens
Over the past five years, the Chinese government has made concerted efforts to reduce industrial pollution in the country, leading to a surge in demand fornonwoven filter media.
Diversey Care adds to wipes portfolio
Diversey Care, the sustainable cleaning, sanitation and hygiene products division of Sealed Air, has launched Oxivir 1 disinfectant nonwoven wipes.
Silicon Valley site for Autoneum
Vehicle thermal and acoustic insulation company Autoneum is to establish a Competence Centre for New Mobility in Sunnyvale, California, USA, in response to developing trends for electric mobility, autonomous driving and connected cars.
New ideas from Conwed
Plastic netting manufacturer Conwed has launched its new 2017 idea book, a digital guide that outlines the company’s manufacturing capabilities, core products and technologies.
World patent for Surfaceskins
Surfaceskins Limited, a new spin-out from the Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) and the University of Leeds in the UK, has secured a world patent on its nonwoven-based liquid and gel delivery devices aimed at preventing the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).
Lantor returns to UK ownership
Having been sold by the UK’s IPT Group to Amsterdam-headquartered Active Capital Company (ACC) in April 2015, Lantor has now been acquired by another UK group, Cathay Investments.
Autoneum to open new China plant
Vehicle thermal and acoustic nonwoven insulation company Autoneum is expanding its presence in China and will open its seventh plant for the production of lightweight acoustic and thermal management components in the Eastern Chinese city of Yantai.
Radici Group visits Nissan
Representatives from plastics, fibres, and nonwovens producer Radici Group have met with technicians from car manufacturer Nissan at its European technical centre in Cranfield, UK.
Coating expansion at Scott & Fyfe
Manufacturer of stitchbonded nonwovens and technical warp knits and wovens Scott & Fyfe has completed the installation of a second coating line at its plant in Tayport, Scotland.
Meeting the floating hospital’s needs
Global Filter, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and part of the Filtration Group, is to supply filter equipment for providing clean water to Mercy Ships, the international non-profit medical care organisation which provides free life-saving surgeries for people with limited access to medical care.
Greycon tech for Resolute
Resolute Forest Products, whose portfolio includes market pulp, wood products, tissue and specialty papers, is implementing Greycon’s X-Trim technology which can handle flat sheets and reels at variable or fixed diameters.
Evonik bids for METEX methionine technology
German speciality chemicals company Evonik says it intends to strengthen its biotechnology platform and will complete the acquisition of a large technology package from French biological chemistry company METabolic EXplorer (METEX).
Polyester performance from Foss
A new Foss all-polyester nonwoven containing up to 75 per cent post-consumer recycled fibres is proving a hit with automotive brands for thermoformed interior parts such as trunk liners, insulation components and even exterior wheel arch liners.
Disposable nonwovens aid infection control
Medical nonwoven disposables are key in the global healthcare industry for helping to prevent the transmission of infection, according to new research. Companies cited in the report include Ahlstrom, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and Unicharm Corporation.
Textile coatings for medical applications
Polymer company Covestro is to present its raw materials for sustainable waterborne textile coatings said to have improved resistance to disinfectants at the Compamed trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, later this month.
Odour eaters for easyJet
EasyJet is to retrofit its fleet of A320 family aircraft with the latest Pall Aerospace PUREair advanced cabin air filters with odour reduction technology.
Clarcor buys Fiberio, secures GE contract
Clarcor, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, has acquired Fiberio, the manufacturer of technology for nanofibre nonwoven filter media. The acquisition will be beneficial to the major new contract Clarcor has secured with GE (General Electric) in respect of its H-class gas turbine platform.
Additives for medical products
Speciality chemicals leader Clariant and its masterbatches business unit have announced a new range of colour and functional additives for use in spunbond fibres used in nonwoven medical applications.
Expanding the use of CO2
The first mattresses and upholstered furniture made with CO2-based foam will be on the market by the end of this year. Now Covestro is planning to make CO2 elastomers for the automotive industry as well.
Introducing BonarPure
BonarPure is the new brand name for Low and Bonar’s products and services for the filtration and separation markets, unveiled at the Filtech exhibition in Cologne, Germany, this week.
Industry needs to act on PFCs
Increased awareness and demand for sustainable products in consumer-driven markets is now one of the most important marketing tools for brands, according to Mårten Hellberg, CEO of Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick.
Testori’s Super Spark Blockers
In steelworks, foundries and other industrial works where non-ferrous metals are processed, high temperature particles and sparks can pose problems. In filtration systems, nonwoven filter media can be particularly vulnerable to damage.
Sandler introduces enAIRsave
At next week’s Filtech exhibition in Cologne from October 11-13, Germany’s Sandler will introduce its new enAIRsave nonwoven filter media.
Hexcel unveils new composites at CAMX
Hexcel, a manufacturer of carbon fibre, reinforcement fabrics and stitched glass nonwoven composites, will exhibit its latest innovations at CAMX, the composites trade fair, which takes place in Anaheim, California, this week.
Filters for tighter spaces
Increasingly, components containing nonwoven filter media such as air cleaners and air intake systems are being required to fit into reduced spaces in commercial vehicles.
Retaining filter media pleats
A conventional nonwoven filter media exhibits low stiffness and has poor mechanical properties, says Helsinki, Finland-headquartered Ahlstrom. As a result, it is typically used together with a metal mesh in the end application.
Inspection technology for Chinese nonwovens
Elbit Vision Systems (EVS), a developer of camera-based inspection technology for textile fabrics and technical webs, has received two orders totalling around US$1 million from China, including one from a new customer which is acquiring seven nonwoven inspection systems and may order more in the futu
Freudenberg expands low emissions portfolio
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has expanded its LESS – Low Emission Sealing Solution – initiative to include new products designed to address emissions reduction and improve fuel economy challenges in the automotive indust
Sustainable repellents benefit automotives
Filtration Group adds German business
Filtration Group, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is to acquire the industrial filtration business of Germany’s Mah
‘PFOA-free’ repellent for medical nonwovens
Medical products including surgical gowns, masks, drapes and packaging must be able to repel fluids, oil and alcohol, and quickly release stains when laundered.
Self-healing coatings breakthrough
Scientists in America have released details of a research paper on new chemical coatings for self-healing textiles, which they claim can be applied to garments to neutralise toxins and protect the wearer from exposure to pesticides, chemicals or biological attack.
Shemesh nonwovens line for PPMA Total
Shemesh Automation will demonstrate its 'buckets line' at processing and packaging machinery show PPMA Total. The line features FGW-J series’ multiple dosing and filling stations, specified for the wetting process of nonwoven rolls in buckets.
Energy sector to boost nonwoven glass fibre
New research indicates the nonwoven glass fibre prepreg market will be worth US$ 834.5 million by 2021, with a CAGR of 8.8 per cent per year, boosted by demand for wind energy products.
New ownership for Sihl
Private investment firm Equistone Partners Europe has acquired a majority stake in Sihl, the specialist in coated nonwovens, fabrics, films and papers for digital printing.
New formula for nonwoven cotton wipes
Scientists at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) say they have made significant progress in developing hospital-grade disinfecting wipes which can be produced using biodegradable nonwoven cotton.
Kimberly-Clark expands recycling programme
Kimberly-Clark Professional, whose brands include Kleenex, Scott, and Kimtech, has expanded its recycling programme - RightCycle - to manufacturing and other industrial environments, enabling customers to divert non-hazardous waste, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, from landfills.
Freudenberg separators for China battery fair
Freudenberg Performance Materials will present high-performance separators with ceramic impregnation for lithium-ion batteries at the China International Battery Fair 24-26 May in Shenzhen.
Proposed test for film thickness
A proposed ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International standard will help measure the thickness of plastic film. The new standard (WK54333, test method for measuring plastic film with a non-contact capacitance gauge) will support quality control and production of films.
Evonik creates new R&D position
German technology company Evonik has developed its Baby Care Business Line team, aiming toboost research and development.
Universal X6 to be showcased at Drupa
Universal Converting Equipment (UCE) will showcase the latest version of its Universal X6 slitter rewinder at international graphics and print show, Drupa, to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, 31 May – 10 June.
New Mogul TPU
Mogul is to launch a new product line of polyester based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) fabrics under its Elastex brand of nonwovens. Areas of application for TPU nonwovens include in the medical, pharmaceutical, hygiene, healthcare, food packaging and automotive interior industries.
Freudenberg expands paint shop portfolio
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies has secured the exclusive distribution rights for Edrizzi paint mist arrestors for the automotive industry and its suppliers, from Brainflash Patententwicklungs.
Biopolymer innovations update
Bio-plastics value chain conference Innovation Takes Root, to be held later this month, will include representatives from IKEA, Green Sports Alliance, and World Wildlife Fu
Research welcomed for filtration show
Research extracts for filtration and separation conference Filtech 2016 are welcomed for the next exhibition, to be held later this year in Cologne, Germany.
Bio-based developments for JEC
Recyclable bio-based composites for the automotive industry and sliver from reprocessed carbon staple fibres for lightweight structures will be presented by the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) at JEC World Composites Show in Paris.
Universal invests in USA
Universal Converting Equipment, supplier of slitting machines and other converting equipment, has secured a facility for a showroom and service centre to service its North and South American marke
Technical Absorbents for IDEA
Technical Absorbents, manufacturer of Super Absorbent Fibre,will exhibit at the International Engineered Fabrics conference and exposition (IDEA) to be held in May.
‘Living nonwovens’ at Heimtextil
Technocell Vlies, a business unit of the Felix Schoeller Group, aims to develop its brand promise of ‘living nonwovens’ at home and contract textiles trade fair Heimtextil, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, this week.
Record breaking energy storage
Ahlstrom adds filter media capability
Ahlstrom, the producer of high performance nonwovens, is to make a sizeable investment in its Binzhou wallcoverings production line in China.
Lightweight engine covers from Autoneum
New engine covers from Autoneum, made of Theta-FiberCell, are more than 50 percent lighter than conventional plastic covers, the company says.
Johns Manville for Filtration show
Johns Manville, manufacturer of nonwovens from glass fibres, polyester and polypropylene, will exhibit a variety of products from its filter media and microfibres portfolio at Filtration 2015 in Chicago next month.
Durable nonwovens for construction
Nonwovens association EDANA has shared a new infographic on flat roofing as part of its study into durable nonwoven applications.
ITMA returns to Barcelona in 2019
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, CEMATEX, has announced the 18th edition of ITMA, the world’s largest exhibition of textile and garment machinery technology, will be held in Barcelona in June 2019.
Owens Corning presents batteries LifeMat
Fibre glass materials company Owens Corning showcased its LifeMat retainer mats for heavy duty lead-acid batteries and pasting mat for continuous pasted plates at the Asian Battery Conference earlier this month in Bangkok, Thailand.
Camfil joins filtration conference programme
Filtration 2015 international conference and exposition, hosted by INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, will feature a keynote speaker from Camfil Americas, with around 1500 delegates and more than 130 exhibitors expected to attend the conference.
A+ for driving down energy consumption
Camfil – the Stockholm-headquartered air filtration specialist with sales in 2014 of over €593 million – is introducing Hi-Flo II, a new and enhanced version of its popular filter based on newly-designed glass fibre-based nonwovens in conical shaped pockets.
 
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