Disposable diapers go designer
Nonwovens Industry Share
The disposable diaper market is a tough one to look at globally. While penetration levels soar above 90 percent in the western world - where it's unusual to find a baby's bum without one - they average below 20 percent on a global level and are even below 15 percent in many developing regions. More
Emerging markets drive investment in nonwovens
Rapid growth in demand in emerging markets is driving investment in nonwovens, according to a new report - with several nonwovens roll goods producers expanding to target markets in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Southern Africa. More
Upcoming NCRC short courses
The Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center is proud to announce two upcoming short courses. The first is the Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization short course, taking place March 12 to 15. This course surveys a broad range of fabric properties, how they are developed in the process and how they are measured. Most of the common conventional methods are covered with an emphasis on imaging technology and how it can be used to predict fabric behavior.
The second short course is Meltblowing and Spunbonding Fundamentals, April 9 to 13. Here they cover polymer requirements, fundamentals of fiber formation, survey bonding technologies, and cover fabric formation. A full day is spent in the pilot facility demonstrating responses to the most important process variables.
For more information on these learning opportunities visit - http://www.nonwovensinstitute.com/education.cfm.
Textiles 2012: The prognosis is good
Textile World Magazine Share
The $70 billion U.S. textile and apparel sector is alive and, in fact, doing quite well. Too upbeat an appraisal? Not really - given the fact that even in today's relatively lackluster business climate, these industries have managed to rack up gains for two consecutive years. More
Sonobond technology keeps ballistic vests waterproof
There's no room for error in the construction of a bullet-proof vest, and ultrasonic bonding technology, which does not require needles, thread, or glue but instead fuses woven and nonwoven synthetic materials or blends (with up to 40 percent natural fibers) using ultrasonic vibrations, is playing a key role in garments that protect military personnel, police and others in security positions. More
Equipment review: Hygiene machinery
Nonwovens Industry Share
Continuous improvement is thematic of almost any growing industry. Consumers will always want improved performance in the products they use, particularly those used on a regular basis – like hygiene products, and these products continue to evolve, but they can only do so thanks to the companies that design the machinery used to make them. These companies are constantly looking to improve their hygiene equipment and machinery offerings, whether it's for the baby diaper, feminine hygiene or adult incontinence markets. More
Assocham: Indian textile sector to grow 16 percent this year
The Indian textile industry is likely to grow by 16 percent this year and could reach $115 billion by 2012-end, according to a report released by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. The report titled "Textile Industry in India" adds that the textile industry growth will spur a corresponding demand in its ancillary industries, including accessories and machinery. More
Tropical fabrics, optimum blends
Malaya Business Insight Share
Maguey, saluyot and the water hyacinth take center stage as new raw materials for the textile, garments and crafts industries. Then comes the leaves of the pineapple and abaca and the trunk of the banana. All these are currently discarded and are agricultural waste products. More
Now available from TAPPI PRESS
Introduction to Nonwovens Technology
By Subhash k. Batra, Ph.D. and Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D.
The processing of nonwovens depends on a range of technologies, some adapted from the textile and paper industries, others developed uniquely for nonwovens production. The present volume provides a systematic step-by-step explanation of virtually all processes that integrate relevant raw materials into finished nonwovens for different end uses. In comprehensive terms, the book explains the connection between the structure of nonwovens and the specialized, as well as still evolving, technologies used to produce them - from simple roll goods to nanoscale webs and fiberwebs. For more details visit www.tappi.org/12INT.
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