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Makers of disposable protective wear target more applications
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China suppliers of disposable protective wear are stepping up research and design efforts to keep pace with the needs of various sectors. Growing emphasis worldwide on worker health and safety, supported by government legislation, is encouraging companies to broaden their selections for medical facilities, research laboratories and manufacturing plants. Demand from such industries is climbing as many enterprises now prefer single-use nonwoven garments instead of reusable ones for better contamination control. More



New for summer: Pampers printed diapers
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To give moms and their babies the chance to stay stylish, Pampers has unveiled its newest diaper line - Pampers Limited Edition prints. These summer diaper offerings combine utility and aesthetics so little ones can feel just as fashionable as they are comfortable in their biggest wardrobe staple, their diaper! More

Diapers can go green
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Apparently there are two current problems that used diapers can help solve: reduction of urban solid waste and availability of high protein food sources. Or so it seems, as what four Mexican researchers from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana found out. But used diapers cannot do it all alone. They need a fungus commonly known as oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) to perform biodegradation on the disposable diaper materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and a superabsorbent polymer. Its main component, however, is cellulose, a plant structural material that degrades slowly. More

Undergarment maker's fresh idea took almost forever to find success
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It's been a long road for entrepreneur Tanya Allen and her company, Livonia, Mich.-based ForeverFresh, maker of disposable adult undergarments. In the mid-1980s, Allen first saw an unmet need for a product offering an extra level of sanitary protection for women. It was her first business idea: a maxi pad with wings. People she knew laughed at the idea, so she put it aside and forgot about it. More



PGI sales up 30 percent
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Nonwoven manufacturer PGI has reported a 30 percent increase in sales in 2010, rising to $1.1 billion. The company's gross profit increased by 15 percent to $212.4 million, with adjusted earnings before tax rising 13 percent to $143.1 million. PGI's operating income hit $52.5 million, up from $49.2 million in 2009. More

Pegas Nonwovens net income falls on polymer prices, taxes
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Pegas Nonwovens SA (PEGAS), the Czech maker of special textiles used in hygiene products and health care, said first-quarter net income fell 16.5 percent on currency swings, higher income tax and raw material costs. Profit for the first three months was 6.4 million euros ($9.1 million), compared with 7.7 million euros ($11.1 million) a year ago, the Znojmo, Czech Republic-based company said in a regulatory filing. Revenue rose 19.2 percent to 41 million euros ($59 million). More

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Steiger targets technical textile markets
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Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time recently at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles. Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leading technical textiles show. More

Breaking down Evanston, Ill.'s proposed disposable shopping bag ban
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Evanston, Ill.'s proposed ban on all paper and plastic disposable shopping bags may be divisive, but it is far from original. During the past several years, a handful of communities have passed legislation taxing or prohibiting the use of such bags, and in these places, similar debates arose over potential economic repercussions, the legitimacy of environmental concerns and the feasibility of altering people's long-held habits. In success or failure, these precedents have provided Evanston with models to examine and plenty of information as ammo for whatever dispute is on the horizon. More

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