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Secure bonds and less bulk
Japan’s Unicharm was the first company to introduce superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) to diapers in the early 1980s, quickly followed by the other global leaders in the field.
21st Century Plastics Part 2
It’s being predicted that the global production capacity for biopolymers – for use in both the plastics and fibre industries – will grow from around 1.
21st Century Plastics Part 1
As INDEX 14 in Geneva approaches, Sustainable Nonwovens Editor Adrian Wilson writes:
Take the money
Much of the pioneering development work in respect of wetlaid nonwovens dates back to before the term ‘nonwovens’ was actually in use and refers instead to the production of ‘synthetic fibre papers’, writes editor Adrian Wilson.
Absorbent precision
In 2013 BASF and Bostik secured a series of highly-detailed new patents relating to diaper construction – and specifically to designing products that more efficiently contain and distribute superabsorbent polymers (SAPs).
Taking Flight
OEM aircraft manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing are looking for improvements to the design of their seating, says Fibrecore, which is the UK representative for lamination technology specialist Reliant Machinery.
Nonwovens on the move
Leading car manufacturers have reported record sales for the past three years, and despite the prospect of another economic slow-down in parts of the world – most notably in Europe due to the ongoing Euro crisis – there are no signs of the overall automotive market declining.
Recycled carbon replacing glass
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) is now successfully recycling carbon fibre composites into high value nonwovens.
The ‘chicken and egg’ for biopolymers...
Unlike biofuels, biopolymers are currently subject to prices more truly representative of their overall production costs.
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