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Diamond Wipes launches facial sheet wipe
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Diamond Wipes, major manufacturer of private label and contract packaging wet wipes, announced the launch of facial sheet mask services available now to beauty and personal care brand owners and marketers. "Facial sheet masks are already a staple, and still an evolving applicator concept in Korea, China and Japan," says Eve Yen, founder and president of Diamond Wipes. "Our research indicates that the U.S. beauty market, brands and consumers alike, are now more than eager to adopt Asian skincare concepts and products and make them their own."
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Graphene alternative discovered
Texas Tech University
The two dimensional wonder material graphene is getting a competitor. Recently a group of researchers from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have reported a new method to develop an alternative material to graphene. Southampton University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) scientists have developed molybdenum di-sulphide (MoS2) which is claimed to have many properties similar to graphene. Molybdenum di-sulphide is made using combination of molybdenum and sulphur and has extraordinary electrical conductivity and mechanical strength. These materials are known as transition metal di-chalcogenides (TMDCs).
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US manufacturing: A remembrance and a look ahead
NPR
U.S. manufacturing is booming. Customers everywhere want our aircraft, electrical equipment, engines, metal products, chemicals and much more. So in dollar terms, output is at record levels — worth more than $2 trillion. Back in 1964, remembered as a glorious time in our industrial history, factories generated only about $1.3 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars. Only two other rivals can play in the $2-trillion ballpark: China, which has about four times as many people, and the entire European Union, with more than a half-billion people in 28 countries.
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Outlook 14 highlights the future of nonwovens industry
Innovation in Textiles
With more than 420 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries, the 13th edition of Outlook has been confirmed as the must-attend event of the year for the personal care and hygiene products industries. During the opening of the conference that took place in Barcelona, Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, reminded delegates that there was a close relationship between many of the conference themes, and EDANA's mission to support the growth and promote the sustainable development of the industry.
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Cotton prices unlikely to reach last 2 season's levels
Fibre2Fashion
Given the predicted 1.8 million tons of surplus cotton production and changes in China's cotton policy, prices are unlikely to rise to the levels seen in the last two seasons, says a report of the International Cotton Advisory Committee. "With the fall in prices, world cotton consumption is forecast to rise nearly 4 percent to 24.4 million tons with more of the consumption occurring in the latter half of the season as the market becomes more certain about the size of the new crop and can better determine an appropriate price for cotton," the report states.
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Lavalan wool wadding by Woolmark may provide alternative to synthetics
Innovation in Textiles
In an effort to grow demand for Merino wool, The Woolmark Company has collaborated on developing an innovative new apparel wadding made from wool, marketed as Lavalan. Rather than being worn close to the skin as with most Merino wool apparel, Lavalan was designed as a natural, environmentally friendly alternative to the synthetic wadding normally used inside quilted garments.
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US, Brazil reach agreement to end WTO Cotton dispute
Fibre2Fashion
The United States and Brazil have agreed to settle their long-standing cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. As per the agreement, Brazil will relinquish all rights to countermeasures against U.S. trade. In turn, the U.S. will make a one-time final contribution of $300 million to the Brazil Cotton Institute, or IBA. The MOU also provides for additional uses for the funds, such as research in conjunction with U.S. institutions.
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Diamond Wipes launches facial sheet wipe
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Diamond Wipes, major manufacturer of private label and contract packaging wet wipes, announced the launch of facial sheet mask services available now to beauty and personal care brand owners and marketers.

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Turning the tide: Outsourcing, quality control and consumers
By Alan Kelsky
Manufacturing companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and increase profits. One method often used is to outsource manufacturing and product assembly to countries with low labor costs.

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Job-hungry India launches manufacturing campaign
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Flanked by some of India's wealthiest businessmen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.

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Glatfelter completes acquisition of Spezialpapierfabrik
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Glatfelter has completed the previously announced acquisition of Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH from FINSPO Beteiligungs-GmbH for $11 million. SPO's plant is located near Frankfurt, Germany. Its primary electrical products and applications include highly technical papers for a wide range of capacitors used in consumer and industrial products; insulation papers for cables and transformers; and materials for industrial power inverters, electromagnetic current filters and electric rail traction materials.
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Hexcel to invest $250 in expanding carbon fiber output
Fibre2Fashion
NYSE-listed Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites materials producer will invest $250 million to hike its carbon fiber production by adding new precursor and carbon fiber lines at its plant in Roussillon, France. Hexcel said the new facility is part of its ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain to support aerospace customers' growing demand for carbon fiber composites.
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New light-blocking test methods from AATCC
Specialty Fabrics Review
The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals has published two new ways to measure the light-blocking effect of window coverings. AATCC Research Committee RA36, Color Measurement Test Methods, is responsible for the creation of test methods 148-2014, Light Blocking Effect of Textiles and Related Materials: Photodetector Method, and 203-2014, Light Blocking Effect of Textiles: Spectrophotometric Method.
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