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TAPPI's Binders & Additives Committee announces Publication of Anthology
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The TAPPI Nonwovens Binders & Additives Committee has published a new edition of their Anthology. The 2014 edition is a compilation of technical papers reviewing the major binder, resin and additive chemistries that are used in the nonwoven, paper, laminate and many other related industries. This CD-ROM edition includes papers previously published in the previous edition as well as any relevant papers published since 2009.

The compilation of these materials was led by Binders & Additives Committee Chair Maureen Nunn, Dow Chemical, along with a dedicated team of reviewers John Jacquin, James Robbins; Omnova, and Pete Wallace; consultant. This anthology provides knowledge in practical base chemistry and use information for a wide range of resins, binders and additives that is not easily available otherwise. This Anthology will help technical personnel understand the types of binders and their differences and uses in practical applications. This will enable them to be more efficient in selecting a binder or additive thereby improving development program efficiencies and effectiveness. Key topics covered include: Nonwoven binders, Paper resins and binders, Latex binders, thermoplastic binders, Thermosetting resins, and Formaldehyde based resins.

Collected from various papers presented at past TAPPI conferences, these papers represent years of novel research and development within this industry segment. This anthology is a terrific offering for anyone looking for this type of technical information in a single location. For additional details and to purchase the anthology please visit the TAPPI bookstore at www.tappi.org.
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Amazon begins marketing its own line of diapers, baby wipes
NONWOVENS INDUSTRY
Amazon has launched its own diapers and wipes products, under the brand name Amazon Elements, which are available exclusively to Amazon.com Prime members. In addition to offering a premium range of products, the new line gives an unprecedented level of information to the customer — when and where items were made, why each ingredient was included, where the ingredients were sourced and much more.
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Strong manufacturing production predicted for 2015, 2016
IndustryWeek
A combination of strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report released by The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The group released its quarterly economic forecast, predicting that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.8 percent in 2015 and 3.0 percent in 2016. Both are declines from the August report — of 3.0 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.
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Researcher working to save energy with nanotechnology insulation
Phys.org
Mufit Akinc, who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall, knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab. But he's determined to see one of his latest projects make it all the way to the marketplace where it can save energy and money. Akinc, a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, is working to develop next-generation insulation materials for freezers, refrigerated trucks, buildings and other heating and cooling applications.
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Expected cotton price drop occurs after price spike
Textile World
After several years of delay, the collapse in cotton prices that could have been expected to follow the 2010-11 spike has arrived. Expectations for an eventual return to lower prices were rooted in basic economic theory related to interactions between supply, demand, and prices. Generally, high prices have dual effects. On the supply side, they encourage additional production. Prices peaked in the spring of 2011, which coincides with the time of year farmers decide which crops to put into the ground.
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Safe Reflections' Brilliant Color Reflective enables designers to create reflective clothing in virtually any color desired
Textile World
Until recently, the retroreflective materials used to make clothing and other gear visible in the dark were only available in a brilliant silver white – owing to the aluminum film under the miniscule glass beads that reflect the light coming from headlights and flashlights. Now, St. Paul, Minnesota-based Safe Reflections Inc., a developer of retroreflective materials mainly using technologies from St. Paul-based 3M Corp., has successfully developed and patented such materials in seven stock colors and any number of other colors that a designer might specify.
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Biomimetic fiber inventor named Innovator of the Year
Innovation in Textiles
Veronika Kapsali, Technical Director at the MMT Textiles, the producer of INOTEK biomimetic fiber, has been recognized with an Innovator of the Year award at the ITMA Future Materials Awards ceremony that took place on Nov. 26 in Dresden, Germany. Veronika Kapsali is the inventor and co-director at MMT Textiles, a research and development company that developed INOTEK, a biomimetic fiber based textile technology that uses moisture in clothing microclimate to create a mechanical response for advanced moisture management.
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Tensile cover turns an ordinary parking shelter into a focal point
Specialty Fabrics Review
"For the cover, the architects were looking for a material that could provide translucency," says Cesar Eloy Perez, Lonas Lorenzo's architect on the project. "They considered a number of materials including fiberglass, aluminum, glass and architectural membrane. When they looked at tensile and saw that they could make the roof glow with different colors at night, they decided this fabric was the right choice." Tension fabric fit project designer Michel Rojkind's other requirements for a material to make the membrane — it was lightweight and easy to install with minimal structural elements.
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The art (and science) of being flexible
Specialty Fabrics Review
Buildings are supposed to stand up strong and be both flexible and durable. Despite impressions to the contrary, even buildings made of steel and concrete must be flexible to resist cracking and ultimately falling apart. The length to which architects and building experts go to provide expansion joints and other small, nearly invisible points of flexible stress (for all materials used) in a building is the height of successful construction ... and of lessons learned over hundreds of years of failures.
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