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Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs after spinoff
Reuters
Kleenex and Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said it would cut 1,100 to 1,300 jobs as it focuses on emerging markets after the spinoff of its U.S.-based health care business. The company also cut its full-year profit forecast to reflect costs associated with the spinoff, while reporting better-than-expected quarterly revenue on strong demand in markets such as Brazil, China, South Africa and Vietnam.
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EDANA presents nonwovens industry perspectives to Indian professionals
Innovation in Textiles
Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, addressed Indian industry leaders and supply chain representatives for both technical textiles and nonwovens, speaking in Mumbai at the 2014 Techtextil Symposium. Wiertz highlighted that the global growth rate of the overall production of nonwovens has outpaced that of many other industries' output since the beginning of the 21st century, but in doing that, it had more often been following rather than outpacing global economic growth.
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US emerging as locomotive for global growth
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The world’s largest economy – the U.S. is the locomotive of global growth for the first time since the great recession and in the process boosting exports around the world, says the Chief Economist at IHF. Nariman Behravesh adds, "Robust domestic demand growth, strengthening dollar, and rising oil production is propelling U.S. growth and U.K. is also doing well, while the rest of world struggles."
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Transforming and upgrading the Chinese textile industry
Textiles World
With a virtually unbelievable openness, Wang Tiankai, president, China National Textiles and Apparel Council, addressed the audience at the ITMF global summit and came straight to the main topic. With a smile, he said China is still on its way, however: "We are in a strong transformation. China is shifting from a mass production country to a place where we put much more emphasize on quality. And I can tell you the quality, and not only textiles, is getting better step by step. And therefore, if a country is transforming itself to another level, there are many bridges to cross and problems to be solved, both technically and mentally."
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BTK Holding to establish one of Russia's largest technical textiles plant
Innovation in Textiles
BTK Holding, one of Russia's largest producers of technical textiles and apparel, owned by Russian billionaire Taymuraz Bolloev, is commissioning a new large-scale facility for the production of technical textiles in Russia. The new plant is located in the city of Shahty (Rostov region), and it is estimated that 2.5 billion rubles will have been invested by the time the facility opens.
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New ASTM textiles standard proposed
Specialty Fabrics Review
A proposed new ASTM International standard will test the thermal effusivity of materials. The proposed standard, ASTM WK43374, will become a benchmark scale test method for textile mills to compare and develop new technologies for managing heat.

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Reclaiming the US textile industry
Specialty Fabrics Review
After years of struggles, there's optimism in the U.S. textile industry. The recent recession took its toll, but growth was already flagging from increased off-shore production and a shrinking skilled workforce, among other things.

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The woman who invented disposable diapers
The Atlantic
Marion Donovan, inventor of the first disposable diaper, told Barbara Walters that one simple question guided her work: "What do I think will help a lot of people and most certainly will help me?" The advantage of this philosophy was that when she first started out in the 1940s, men controlled manufacturing.

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More US manufacturers are coming home
IndustryWeek
The numbers are growing. More U.S. companies are moving production back from China, according to a new survey from The Boston Consulting Group. This year 20 percent of the senior manufacturing executives at companies with sales of $1 billion said they are heading home from China. That compares to last year's (2013) number of 13 percent to 16 percent.
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Nonwoven spot-to-spot web uniformity for critical filtration applications
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Web uniformity is critical for all filtration applications; however, nonwovens manufacturers often do not prioritize web uniformity in their product development activities as much as fiber size, unit weight and other physical properties. As nonwoven manufacturers race to be more competitive, they often increase production speeds to reduce cost. In many cases, this action has the negative result of drastically reduced web uniformity.
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New ASTM textiles standard proposed
Specialty Fabrics Review
A proposed new ASTM International standard will test the thermal effusivity of materials. The proposed standard, ASTM WK43374, Test Method for Measurement of Thermal Effusivity of Fabrics Using a Guarded Modified Transient Plane Source (MTPS) Instrument, will become a benchmark scale test method for textile mills to compare and develop new technologies for managing heat. Intended for apparel fabrics, it has the potential to be used for other household textiles, such as bed sheets, as well as the upholstery and automobile industries.
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