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Technical textiles growing steadily in China
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From the overall development in 2013, it becomes clear that the technical textiles sector is growing steadily in China as the demand continues to increase, stimulating more investment in the industry. In terms of new business investment, in 2013 entrepreneurs gradually returned to investing rationally, and stopped blind expansion. Investment has been made in the spunbound production line, which is expected to increase the capacity of spunbound nonwovens by about 30,000 tons.
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Stronger growth anticipated for specialty fabrics industry in 2014
Specialty Fabrics Review
Leaders in the industry interviewed at IFAI's 2013 Specialty Fabrics Expo said they are optimistic about sales prospects for 2014 and that they plan on allocating more funds for capital expenditures in 2014 than they did in 2013. EPMs who focus on producing and selling high value products and services — safety and protection, geosynthetics, smart fabrics, medical textiles, wide-format digital textile printing, eco-friendly materials and applications such as soft signage in the fabric graphics market — should achieve solid growth ranging from 2 to 10 percent in 2014.
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In Germany's Industry 4.0, machines take over factories
Deutsche Welle
In most German production companies, smart factories are already a significant part of the business strategy, as a report by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown. In practice, however, only every fifth company controls its production processes and facilities via interconnected IT systems. Another interesting result of the study is that it takes less than a year to set up a smart factory, although the majority of companies project a longer time period for the transition, said Michael Rasch, PwC's digital transformation leader.
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Slowly, Asia's factories begin to turn green
The New York Times
Efficiency consultants in Asia say it is difficult to estimate how much energy or money an average multinational company saves by having a green-certified factory building. But the certification trend is potentially significant in Asia because so many consumer and industrial goods are manufactured in the region, offering enormous potential for energy savings if the practice becomes widespread, experts say.
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Nonwovens demand outpaces Latin American economies
Nonwovens Industry
The estimated 6 percent growth of nonwovens demand in Latin America will be more than double the growth of the gross domestic products of the main economies comprising the region. These economies expanded 2.6 percent in 2013 and are expected to expand by 3.2 percent in 2014. With South American nonwovens production estimated at 300,000 metric tons, and Mexico and the Caribbean nations producing more than 100,000 metric tons, even a slight increase in traditional demand may spark the need for greater investments.
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New technology could broaden cotton wipes' role in surface care
Nonwovens Industry
Nonwoven disinfecting wipes play a key role in hard surface cleaning and decontamination in household and healthcare or institutional applications. According to the recently published INDA North America Wipes Market Trends & Forecasts 2012-2017 report, North American sales of household hard surface disinfecting wipes were estimated to be $811 million at the retail level in 2012 and are forecast to increase 8 percent a year to reach $1.9 billion in sales by 2017.
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Nonwoven disinfecting wipes play a key role in hard surface cleaning and decontamination in household and healthcare or institutional applications. According to the recently published INDA North America Wipes Market Trends & Forecasts 2012-2017 report, North American sales of household hard surface disinfecting wipes were estimated to be $811 million at the retail level in 2012 and are forecast to increase 8 percent a year to reach $1.9 billion in sales by 2017.

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Domtar completes acquisition of Indas
fibre2fashion
Domtar Corporation announced the closing of the acquisition of privately-held Laboratorios Indas, following a definitive agreement announced in November. Indas is Spain's largest manufacturer and marketer of branded adult incontinence products, with its IncoPack and Indasec line of products.

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Manufacturing growth to help propel US expansion
Bloomberg
Manufacturing grew in December at the second-fastest pace in more than two years, fueled by a gain in orders that will help propel the U.S. expansion. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index eased to 57 from the prior month's 57.3, which was the highest since April 2011, the Tempe, Ariz.-based group said. Readings above 50 indicate growth.

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JM raises polyester nonwovens price in German-speaking countries
Innovation in Textiles
Johns Manville, producer of construction and specialty products, recently announced a 5 percent price increase for its polyester nonwovens for bituminous roofing applications in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, effective April 1. The company explained that the price increase is necessary because of an unsatisfactory margin level in these regions.
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New route to cellulostic fibers
Sustainable Nonwovens
Aphios Corporation, based in Woburn, Mass., has secured a new patent which could have significant implications in the further development of cellulosic biomass as the basis for new fibers, nonwovens and other products. Cellulosic biomass resources are currently greatly underutilized around the world and if effectively exploited, could reduce climate change while alleviating several energy and environmental problems.
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