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Oil and the options
Thereis little doubt that big changes are taking place in many industries,and among other developments, Procter & Gamble’s announcement thatit eventually intends to switch to 100% renewable or recycled materialsin all of its products – and 25% by 2020 – suggests the nonwovenssector, or at least that serving consumer disposables, will besignificantly affected.
 
Sustainable success at Sandler
The stringent management of resources and continuous technology expansion and product development programmes have seen Sandler AG double its turnover in just five years.
 
Auto activity at Groz-Beckert
The BMW i8, the Volkswagen Nils and Up, the Opel Ampera and RAK e and the Smart Forvision all drew huge crowds at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt and are all based on new electromobility drive concepts.
 
Major environmental project in Hong Kong
Following successful trials, TenCate Geosynthetics has secured the contract for the Kai Tak project which is being carried out next to the old Hong Kong International Airport.
 
P&G will expand the use of bioplastic
Plant-based plastic is a significant environmental innovation, Procter & Gamble states in its just-published 2011 Sustainability Report – pointing a possible way forward for nonwovens manufacturers supplying the consumer giant responsible for market leading products such as Pampers, Always and Swiffer.
 
Cleaning up after BP
The ultrasonic bonding technology of Sonobond was essential to the production of many of the nonwoven oil-absorbing booms successfully used to clean up the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
 
Recycling reaps dividends for Freudenberg
Freudenberg reports that it now recycles more than 377 million plastic drink bottles each year – enough to circle the world two-and-a-half times if laid end-to-end.
 
Alternative airlaid thinking
Denmark-headquartered Dan-Web believes there is the potential for airlaid nonwovens to substantially expand into new markets as a result of the many different raw materials which can be processed with the company’s technology.
 
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