New applications and markets fuel global demand for technical textiles
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According to a series of new Textiles Intelligence reports, global demand for technical textiles is on the rise as new applications and new markets continue to emerge. Over the long term, global demand for technical textiles is expected to rise by 5 percent per annum, providing myriad opportunities for manufacturers supplying a number of different sectors - notably automotive, construction, environment, energy and medical. In many developing and newly industrialised countries, the use of technical textiles in industrial applications will intensify, thus providing enormous opportunities internationally. More
Collaborative R&D initiatives will help grow tomorrow's technologies
The industry needs innovations in manufacturing processes and products. The forest products industry's investment in R&D has been declining as a result of low profit margins and the cost of developing new technologies. Collaborative R&D with cost-sharing among the companies on broad industry technology needs is the best way forward. The forest products industry's Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance is the organization best positioned to provide the nexus of industry, government, and academia to advance the industry's research priorities.
Agenda 2020 promotes and encourages collaborative R&D as a public/private partnership, an approach increasingly encouraged by government agencies and other funding mechanisms. Agenda 2020's collaborative approach also provides rich networking opportunities among experts in the fields of most interest to the industry. There is no other organization in the U.S. taking this broad view of what the industry needs technologically to succeed, and how to drive progress.
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Nonwoven discs offer faster cutting, longer life
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The Norton SG Blaze Rapid Strip from Saint-Gobain Abrasives is a nonwoven, depressed-center stripping and light-stock-removal disc designed for faster cutting and longer life. The disc combines the company's SG ceramic alumina grain with an open mesh structure that enables aggressive cutting on metal surfaces as well as the elimination of loading on sticky coatings, adhesives and soft metals. It also will not snag or shed when used to deburr edges. More
Fiberweb exits hygiene business
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Nonwoven fabrics maker Fiberweb Plc will seell its hygiene business to Brazil-based Petropar for $286 million in cash, to repay debt. Fiberweb has been partners with Petropar's nonwovens unit Fitesa since mid 2009. The two companies operate a joint venture, known as FitesaFiberweb and headquartered in Simpsonville, S.C., that incorporates the two companies' hygiene-related assets in the Americas including sites in Washington, Mexico and Brazil as well as a greenfield site in Simpsonville, where a second spunmelt line is currently under construction. More
Polymer Group introduces novel technology for producing nonwovens containing submicron fibers
Polymer Group has introduced a novel platform technology called Arium technology to manufacture nonwovens comprising fibers having a diameter predominately below 1 µ, which can offer enhanced performance properties for filtration, industrial, health care and novel up-and-coming market applications. More
Americhem opens synthetic turf line
Americhem, a manufacturer of custom color and additive solutions for synthetic fibers, has added a synthetic turf filament pilot line to its product development laboratories in Dalton, Ga. The modular line allows for the production of a variety of turf filaments and can replicate customer manufacturing processes. More
Airlaid's new strengths
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Airlaid nonwovens have found new strengths in today's marketplace. There are several factors going for these highly absorbent materials. Because of the relative economies when buying airlaid fabrics, users are taking another look at the this category. Traditionally, airlaid costs were compared to nonwovens derived from synthetics which have been pegged to fluctuations in petroleum prices. More
Glatfelter reports earnings decrease, sales increase
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The wet weather in the Northeast took a toll on Glatfelter for third quarter 2011. For the past three months, the Spring Grove, Pa.-based paper manufacturer absorbed a cost inflation of $15 million, marked by disruptions due to Tropical Storm Lee and the price of sourcing wood from dryer areas, executives told investors during a conference call recently. Operations in York County were interrupted during the quarter by the storm, which caused unplanned downtime and excess costs aggregating $1.1 million. More
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