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Spunmelt investment continues
Nonwovens Industry
Ambitious spunmelt investment continued in 2014 and into 2015 despite the fact that literally hundreds of thousands of tons of capacity have come onstream since 2010. In recent months, new lines have been announced in Brazil, Russia, Poland, Spain, Turkey, India and Thailand, adding an estimated 100,000-plus tons of new capacity to global spunmelt supply, a market that has already seen ambitious investment during the past half decade.
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Foam insulation business is evolving
Plastics News
Lapolla Industries Inc., a Houston-based manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam (SPF), is ahead of schedule on its pledge to lower use of harmful hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) in its entire product line by the end of the year. "We're already there," Lapolla CEO Doug Kramer said on the floor of the International Builders' Show on Jan. 20. "Others are making commitments for 2020-22 and we've already commercialized technology that’s bringing value to the environment and consumers." Lapolla uses a liquid blowing agent developed by Honeywell International Inc. called Solstice to make its low-HFC closed-cell foam insulation.
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Getting creative with textiles
Specialty Fabric Review
When most people walk into a retail store, they see an array of color-popping advertising displays. If shoppers take a closer look, they might notice these backlit displays are not made of film or some sort of vellum, but of a tightly woven, printed fabric. "If you walk into an Apple Store, it's all backlit," says Eric Tischer, president of Randolph. "They're lining their entire side walls with huge backlit displays. You can't front-light a fabric and have the colors pop like the backlit." But that's just one way light and fabrics interplay.
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Dow Automotive supplies adhesives for new Ford F-150
Fibre2Fashion
A business unit of Dow Chemical Company, Dow Automotive Systems, said it is the structural adhesives supplier for the 2015 Ford F-150, which launched in November. With a front-end, cab, box and tailgate made out of aluminum alloy and a frame made out of high-strength lightweight steel, the F-150 utilizes Betamate structural adhesives for durability, weight reduction and improved manufacturing efficiencies. "This technology demonstrates Dow's commitment to supplying solutions that meet specific customer needs and product specifications," Dow Automotive said.
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Adidas ranks 3rd in world's 100 most sustainable companies
Innovation in Textiles
The adidas Group ranks third among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world, according to the Global 100 Index. The results were announced recently by Corporate Knights, a Toronto, Canada-based media and investment advisory company, during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The adidas Group was recognized as best European company by Corporate Knights and as leader in its industry.
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Industrial nonwovens: Opportunities keep coming
Nonwovens Industry
Where the hygiene market attracts the volumes, the attention and the large investment dollars, the industrial market offers nonwovens makers opportunities for quiet growth, innovation, value and an avenue to enter new markets. The major markets for industrial nonwovens include automotives, filtration, geotextiles, aerospace and home furnishings but new opportunities are opening up every day and nonwovens manufacturers are always looking for new solutions to their customers' needs.
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Man-made fibers continue to grow
Textile World
The origins of the man-made fiber (MMF) industry are found in the first commercial production of artificial silk using cellulosics by De Chardonnet in France in 1892. Regrettably the business declared bankruptcy in 1894! However, not to be discouraged, the industry continued to develop other cellulosics and acetates until the arrival of nylon, which was discovered by Wallace Carothers at DuPont in the 1930s
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Taking heart from wearable tech
Innovation in Textiles
A number of U.S. heart patients have recently gained highly-valued independence as a result of wearable technology. They've been able to spend rehabilitation time at home with artificial hearts as they await transplants, as a result of the SynCardia Freedom Drive – a portable device designed to assist patients at risk of dying from end-stage biventricular heart failure.
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Amazon's diaper experiment: What happened?
Nonwovens Industry
Just seven weeks after launching it, Amazon temporarily halted sales of its Elements Soft & Cozy diaper line on its site. Just as the diaper industry reacted to the Amazon launch with great interest, it has been abuzz with speculation post withdrawal. From the consumer's standpoint, the diapers were not rated as highly as other premium brands. The diapers received an average rating of 3.4 stars on Amazon.com, about a point lower than Huggies and Pampers, and were priced similarly to the national brands, not including the $99 annual Prime membership fee needed to gain access to the diapers.
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