Consolidation continues in the diaper market
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Recently, Associated Hygiene Products announced it would purchase former rival in the private label baby diaper market, Arquest, Inc., creating (potentially) the world's largest maker of private label diapers with big boy customers like Wal-Mart and Babies R Us. The news came as no surprise to diaper industry watchdogs - it was rumored for months and executives from both companies hinted at it on several occasions. More
New technology makes textiles germ-free forever
A University of Georgia researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render dental instruments, medical linens and clothing, face masks, even paper towels permanently germ-free. The simple and inexpensive antimicrobial technology works on natural and synthetic materials. The technology can be applied during the manufacturing process or later, and it doesn't deteriorate after washing. Unlike other antimicrobial technologies, repeated applications are unnecessary to maintain effectiveness. More
Kimberly-Clark and sustainability
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It's definitely not easy for a multi-billion-dollar paper company to go green. Kimberly-Clark and sustainability may seem like contradictory terms, and the corporation, best known for its Kleenex brand, certainly courts controversy at times with what some perceive as environmentally questionable products. But with past achievements like making its facilities more eco-friendly as well as sustainability goals for the future, Kimberly-Clark is evidently trying to balance the effects of products like single-use hand towels made of 100 percent virgin tree fiber. More
China continues to grow production, consumption of hygiene products
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In 2010, amidst complex economic and social development, a variety of natural calamities and severe challenges, the Chinese government put together a package plan to cope with the impact of the global financial crisis and accelerate the change of economic development in the country. This has helped China's economy to continue steady and relatively rapid growth - the gross domestic product reached 39,800 billion yuan, up 10.3 percent from 2009. Meanwhile, domestic demand continued to increase - total retail sales of social consumer goods in China increased 18.3 percent to 15,699.8 billion yuan or 14.8 percent when adjusted for inflation More
Scientists find new method to produce stronger nanofibers
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Iranian researchers at Gilan University achieved the technical know-how for manufacturing multilayered materials containing nanofibers. "An untextured layer of nanofibers of unique properties like high surface to volume ratio, very little pore size, and high porosity is formed by means of electrofining. The main drawback, however, is its low strength so that it's not possible to use it directly as filter or clothing," Dr. Akbar Khodaparast Haqqi, professor at textile department, Gilan University, said. More
Obama unveils 'innovation policy' for manufacturing 'renaissance'
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Promising a "renaissance of American manufacturing," President Barack Obama recently announced in Pittsburgh an "Advanced Manufacturing Partnership" of universities, businesses and the federal government to support development of innovative ideas for both products and processes to strengthen domestic manufacturing. More
Trade deals are no deal for US
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Long before 2008, when Wall Street's unchecked greed brought the world's economy to its knees, we in the middle class could feel our future slipping away. We knew that we were working longer and harder - we could see that even with two salaries, most families had less disposable income than families did in the 1960s and '70s when one income was the norm. We knew that good quality jobs were harder to find and hold. And we knew that a big reason we were falling behind was a flawed trade policy that shipped many of our jobs overseas. More
Major Ingeo expansion in Nebraska
NatureWorks has announced a major capital investment project at its plant in Blair, Neb., for the production of new grades of high-performance Ingeo PLA biopolymers. Enhanced grades for injection molded plastics and composites, as well as those for fibers and nonwovens and a new generation of lactide intermediates, will be introduced, with the first samples available next year and commercial sales commencing by 2013. More
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