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Creating the future of textiles: Make it from milk
Specialty Fabrics Review
A lot of milk in the world is simply thrown away as unsuitable — for food, that is. German-based company Qmilch IP GmbH has found a use for discarded milk: fabric. In fact, it makes a silky smooth, beautiful fabric desirable for high fashion. In addition to apparel, the fibers are particularly suitable for use in home textiles, the automobile industry and medical technology, and they offer advantages as well for thermal insulated seat covers or hygienic diaphragms.
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Ahlstrom announces reorganization
Nonwovens Industry
Ahlstrom will revise its business area structure by dividing the Food and Medical Business Area into two units: the Food Business Area and the Medical Business Area, effective Jan. 1. The current operating model will remain unchanged. With this change, Ahlstrom aims to strengthen its focus on the food and medical applications and to address growth and profitability issues in these businesses.
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Introduction to Nonwovens Processes Webinar Series continues
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The TAPPI NET Division has announced the second installment in their webinar series on Nonwovens Processes. Introduction to Nonwovens Processes II will be at noon EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. This is the second part of a series covering the various methods used to produce nonwoven materials.
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Flushable wipes awarded quality certificate
Innovation in Textiles
A nonwovens fabric jointly developed by Voith Paper and Truetzschler Nonwovens has successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA test, becoming certified as "flushable." Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hydroentangled nonwovens with a high level of wet strength, consisting only of fibers of natural origin that quickly disperse in water, and that are 100 percent biodegradable.
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  Tension Roll® Transducer Measures Web Tension

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Hygiene components: Balancing performance with cost
Nonwovens Industry
Baby diapers continue to pave the way for innovation in the hygiene market. As the market demands thinner diapers with less pulp, suppliers of adhesives, acquisition/distribution layer materials and films and nonwovens for backsheets and top sheets are amending their product lines to follow suit. These efforts are not only leading to thinner diapers that call for less waste and less space on store shelves, they are also trickling down into other hygiene product segments like feminine hygiene or adult incontinence.
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Kimberly-Clark hires new VP for North America
fibre2fashion
Kimberly-Clark Professional announced that Tim Feeheley has been named vice president for Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. Feeheley succeeds Richard Thorne, who recently was named to lead Kimberly-Clark's Asia-Pacific Region. Feeheley joins the company from JanPak Inc.
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  TAPPI Control Rooms & Conditioners

Parameter Generation and Control (PGC) manufactures TAPPI reach-in chambers, room systems and conditioners for existing laboratories. Parameter’s precise temperature and humidity control of ±0.2° and ±0.5% help insure that you meet the stringent TAPPI T402 sp-08 specification. Learn more about this and other TAPPI rooms & conditioners at www.humiditycontrol.com.
 


P&G to build second Indonesian plant as demand rises
The Jakarta Post
Anticipating the growing demand for consumer goods in Indonesia, Procter & Gamble says it will invest $100 million in a second plant next to its new unit in Karawang, West Java. "P&G is making another $100 million investment to build world-class manufacturing facilities in Karawang," said Bert Wouters, PT Procter & Gamble Home Products Indonesia president director.
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US energy boom helps grease manufacturing's spinning wheels
CNBC
The U.S. manufacturing renaissance may have an invisible hand guiding it along: the energy sector, which is in the midst of its own breakneck expansion. The heavily chronicled shale boom that has propelled U.S. oil production to historical peaks also may be greasing the wheels of manufacturing, which suffered for years as production moved to cheaper havens overseas. Now, however, the once-beleaguered sector is expanding briskly.
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P&G to build second Indonesian plant as demand rises
The Jakarta Post
Anticipating the growing demand for consumer goods in Indonesia, Procter & Gamble says it will invest $100 million in a second plant next to its new unit in Karawang, West Java. "P&G is making another $100 million investment to build world-class manufacturing facilities in Karawang," said Bert Wouters, PT Procter & Gamble Home Products Indonesia president director.

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Website debuts sanitary napkin project report
fibre2fashion
Technicaltextile.net has unveiled a project feasibility report on sanitary napkins. The market is currently seeing low growth in areas like the U.S. and Western Europe, where penetration levels are high and populations are not increasing. According to experts' views, the aging population could be a blow for the feminine hygiene category, as the number of women ages 15 to 49 continues to decline.

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Dragonfly's wings inspire development of biocides in textiles
Innovation in Textiles
A Texas Tech University professor says the textiles sector can benefit from research and development activities in developing next generation functional textiles as more and more scientists are mimicking nature to develop functional properties such as waterproofing, changes in surface adhesion and biocidal characteristics.

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Tighter standards for trucks
Sustainable Nonwovens
The Euro VI standard for exhaust emissions which is being introduced in 2014 is making new demands on nonwoven filter manufacturers who supply to commercial vehicle and truck builders. Mann+Hummel, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, is responding to the tighter regulations with highly efficient nanofiber coatings on its new Micrograde A-NF filter medium for new light to medium-weight trucks in the independent aftermarket.
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