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Research shows nonwoven market set for steady growth
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The global market for nonwoven materials and products was expected by BCC Research to have hit 11.9 billion pounds (5.4 million tonnes) in 2010, according to a report it released at the end of last year. The market is forecast to increase to nearly 15.6 billion pounds in 2015, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent. BCC's report includes diverse segments such as geotextiles, home furnishings, floor coverings, automotive, industrial garments, apparel interlinings, coatings and laminates, hygiene, medical/surgical, filtration, wipes, fabric softeners, footwear, and other disposable and durable products. More



NSC Nonwovens launches in-line carding technology
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NSC Nonwovens has launched a new card system for the dry laid production of nonwovens. The T.T Excelle card technology is said to consistently obtain MD/CD strength ratios under 3/1 at production speeds in excess of 250 m/min. Following trials, the T.T Excelle card system has also shown improved bonding index values at increased production speeds, combined with a rise in CD strength of up to 80 percent. More

Nanotechnology: It's getting bigger
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There has been increasing momentum in recent years in the use of nanotechnology to provide textile products with new and enhanced properties, such as stain and water repellence, flame retardance, antimicrobial properties, UV protection, abrasion resistance, odor absorption and insect repellence. With such wide-ranging and importance performance properties, it's not surprising that nanotechnology has been identified as a key technology for the future of textiles. More

Technical textiles - A market with enormous potential
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Technical textiles are nowadays used for a broad spectrum of applications, from protective clothing to insulation material for buildings. The technical textiles sector is one of the most innovative branches of industry in the world and, according to analysts, ranks as one of the five high-tech sectors with the greatest potential for development. At present, the global market for technical textiles is worth around $127 billion whereby Asia leads the world in terms of textile consumption with 9.4 tons (8.5 million tonnes) followed by the U.S. and Europe with 6.4 and 5.3 tons (5.8 and 4.8 million tonnes) respectively. More



Wipes projected to grow 4.3 percent
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Demand for wipes, both consumer and industrial, is forecast to increase 4.3 percent per annum to $2.3 billion in 2014, according to a recent study published by the Freedonia Group. Wipes will continue to benefit from features such as ease-of-use, disposability, portability and reduced risk of cross-contamination. Nevertheless, growth will decelerate from rates achieved during the 2004 to 2009 period due to increasing market maturity and a shift in preferences to more environmentally friendly consumer goods and cleaning methods. In response to the green trend, wipes manufacturers will continue to develop more environmentally friendly products, such as those that are biodegradable. More

Study predicts global medical disposable market to near $170 billion in 2014
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A Freedonia Research study forecasts 5.5 percent annual growth through 2014 for medical disposable products worldwide and predicts sales of such products will reach $169 billion. The study reports that developed countries combined will absorb more than 70 percent of this total, while demand in developing countries will expand faster as the availability and accessibility of basic health care services improve. More

Lenzing expands production capacity
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In response to the rising price and decreasing availability of cotton, Austrian fiber maker Lenzing AG is expanding the global production capacity of its Tencel and viscose fibers. The expansion will add more than 200,000 metric tons of production capacity to facilities in the United States, Austria, China and Indonesia. Lenzing's current annual fiber-production capacity is nearly 700,000 metric tons. The company has set a goal to reach a fiber-production capacity of 1 million metric tons by 2014. The investment in the current expansion is approximately $369 million (285 million euros). More

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Pampers restages baby wipes line
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Pampers has restaged its baby wipes line with new packaging and new names, the company has announced through its Facebook page. "Through our research, we found that parents want to highlight the softness and thickness of our wipes," said a company representative on the webcast, "because that's what they like." The wipes range now contains four key poducts. Pampers Sensitive Thick and Pampers Sensitive Thin, which are both now packaged in white containers, and Pampers Soft Care scented and Pampers Soft Care unscented. More

Two firms collaborate for environmentally friendly carpets
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The carpet industry could soon benefit from 100 percent recycled carpet yarns and backings thanks to a new strategic partnership between two leading manufacturers. Aquafil, a European market leader in carpet yarn manufacturing, textile yarn production and polymer engineering and Colbond, the global leading producer and supplier of nonwoven primary carpet backings, announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will enhance the environmental sustainability of the carpet industry. More
 

 
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