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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.
 
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.
 
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