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Flat PET microfiber for stronger and highly uniform nonwovens
Innovation in Textiles
New product possibilities are on the horizon for manufacturers of wetlaid nonwovens and specialty papers with the addition of a flat PET fiber to the Cyphrex microfibers portfolio, specialty chemicals producer Eastman reports. This fiber, with its novel cross section, is said to enable functional benefits such as uniformity, lightweight strength and improved processability compared with other synthetic microfibers.
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Diapers: Which countries prefer to have them at their disposal?
The Wall Street Journal
Diaper wars rage around the globe as big-name brands battle for the loyalty of new moms. Disposable diapers are expensive and their popularity in the developing world is growing as spending power rises. Yet lower birthrates in the West mean that companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. have been struggling to sell their Pampers and Huggies, respectively. Saudi Arabia used by far the highest number of diapers per capita in 2013, with the U.S. down in sixth place.
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KC Health Care adds to medical gown offerings
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Kimberly-Clark Health Care, soon to be Halyard Health, has announced the availability of Aero Blue Performance Surgical Gown. This soft, lightweight gown is four times more protective than other comparable surgical gowns and provides users with unsurpassed comfort. Aero Blue features a proprietary fabric with innovative Core technology that delivers the highest fluid protection available in a Level 3 surgical gown.
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Manufacturers say they're burdened by regulatory costs
U.S. & World Report News
Manufacturers in the U.S. spend almost twice as much per employee as the average business does on federal regulation compliance, and the burden is even bigger on small manufacturers, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers. While the average American employer spends $9,991 per employee each year on compliance, the average manufacturer pays $19,564 and small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees pay $34,671, "largely due to issues of scale," according to the report.
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American Textile Company reinforces commitment to 'American made' with expanded focus in southeast
Textile World
American Textile Company, a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions since 1925, has doubled the size and expected employment of its manufacturing and distribution center in Tifton, Georgia. The Tifton facility today employs 200, and American Textile expects to hire 100 more in the next three years.
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Diapers: Which countries prefer to have them at their disposal?
The Wall Street Journal
Diaper wars rage around the globe as big-name brands battle for the loyalty of new moms. Disposable diapers are expensive and their popularity in the developing world is growing as spending power rises.

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Breakthrough in hydrophobic insulation
Specialty Fabrics Review
Down Decor has introduced a breakthrough in hydrophobic insulation: DownTek Zero, a water repellent down that uses a nature-inspired approach to achieve water repellency without the use of perfluorocarbons (PFC).

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The burgeoning field of interactive textiles
Specialty Fabrics Review
The seamless integration of "self-centric technology into everyday life" is where opportunity lies, Stéphane Marceau proclaimed in an April article he wrote for VentureBeat.

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PrimaLoft launches technical knits for high output activities
Innovation in Textiles
Mitsui Bussan Techno Products, a specialist in the research and development of innovative textile technology, has collaborated with PrimaLoft, leader in comfort solutions and high-performance insulations, to introduce PrimaLoft Performance Fabric Dry, a collection of technical knits for high-output activities. PrimaLoft Performance Fabric Dry features a blend of technical, trilobal polyester fibers and innovative moisture-management technologies to deliver outstanding softness and comfort.
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Technical Fibre Products to double capacity
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Technical Fibre Products, a manufacturer of advanced nonwovens, will double their current production capacity through the installation of a state-of-the-art third manufacturing line. This significant financial investment comes in response to increasing demand for TFP's innovative nonwovens across all markets.
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SABIC composites used to make 1st 3-D-printed vehicle
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Saudi Basic Industries Corporation among the world's top petrochemical companies and also a producer of advanced thermoplastics said its carbon fiber-reinforced material has been used to produce the world's first 3-D-printed vehicle at IMTS 2014. SABIC delivered the innovative materials and processing expertise needed to create a first-of-its-kind concept vehicle using advanced 3-D printing also known as additive manufacturing during the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
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