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Centenary celebrations for Reifenhäuser
Reifenhäuser – which in the past five years has invested more than €30 million in the largest film and nonwovens technical centres in the world – is celebrating its 100th centenary this year.
 
Bioplastics – today’s technical revolution
The production capacity for biopolymers and biofibres is on course to more than double from 2010 to 2015 and even pass the one million tonne mark before the end of this year – with wide implications for the nonwovens industry.
 
Location, location and CHP
The advantages of situating modern spunmelt nonwoven lines in the Middle East – such as that installed recently by Mada Nonwovens in Saudi Arabia – have been emphasised by Germany’s technology leader Reicofil.
 
Cutting waste and extending shelf life
Packaging – which already accounts for over 2% of all nonwoven applications – is experiencing growth of more than 5% annually, suggesting it will rapidly become a major application field.
 
Resorbable meltblown webs
The UK’s Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) is at an advanced stage in the development of a proprietary processing system for the manufacture of specialist nonwoven webs.
 
The positives for polyester
Environmental performance is a complex issue, and as far as fibres are concerned, synthetics such as polyester and polypropylene are often the best solution.
 
Total resource recycling
Recycling can be much more than just reclaiming raw materials – Italy’s Canalair is a specialist in ensuring a nonwovens plant runs at maximum efficiency – in terms of:
 
Resin switch reaps benefits for PGI
What do 15 billion square metres of advanced nonwovens break down into? This is the amount of product – the equivalent to 315 million kg – that Polymer Group (PGI) shipped to its customers in 2010.
 
P&G scorecard is jump-starting new projects
Procter & Gamble is extending the use of its Environmental Sustainability Supplier Scorecard to around 600 of its suppliers and agencies. For 2011, the company has upgraded the scorecard – designed to track and encourage improvement on key environmental sustainability measures in its supply chain – following its initial use for a year.
 
Light is Good, say Dilo and Reicofil
A problem for some nonwovens has, in the past, been web uniformity.
 
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