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Wired for sound
A lightweight audio system integrated into a car’s interior roof could soon render loudspeaker units in door modules or instrument panels obsolete, while the headliner itself is likely to be of hemp, flax, kenaf and sisal nonwovens and soy foam as a replacement for fibreglass fabrics.
US filters worth $12 billion by 2015
New US environmental regulations – particularly those involving emissions from electric utilities and diesel engines and others related to providing better water quality – will help boost the country’s filter market to a value of $12 billion by 2015, according to a new report.
PU foam alternative finds favour
In the past few years, Teijin’s Elk high loft nonwoven has had dramatic success as an environmentally friendlier replacement for polyurethane foam in the seats of Japan’s trains.
Borgers success with Volvo
The relationship between German manufacturer of automotive components Borgers and Volvo dates back to the early 1990s, but during 2011 a bigger contract than ever before has been secured for the supply of luggage compartments for a number of upcoming Volvo models.
Five-stage plan at Ahlstrom Wallcover
Following extensive market research in both Germany and China, Ahsltrom’s Specialties and Wallcover business unit has adopted a rigorous five-stage process to ensure sustainable operations.
EPA ruling boost for US wipes
The use of disposable nonwoven wipes in US hospitals is set to surge following a new ruling from the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Biodegradable wipes expansion
New Jersey-headquartered Falken Industries is to expand its European plant for biodegradable wet wipes from 8,000 to 20,000 tons annually.
Federal study needed for geosynthetics
The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has announced that two members of Congress have submitted a letter to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking it to conduct a study in respect of geosynthetic materials in roadway systems.
Success with coconut composites
Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are currently employing coconut fibre nonwovens in natural latex-bonded composites. They are finding use as seat backs and head rests on a number of their vehicles.
Li-ion bulk production at Japan Vilene
Japan Vilene is currently building a bulk production line for lithium ion battery separators with an anticipated annual capacity of 30 million square metres, once in full production by 2014.
 
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