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Glatfelter increases price of airlaid
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Glatfelter's Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit (AMBU) has begun implementing price increases on a global basis in response to rising raw material costs. Price increases of AMBU's main supplies, such as pulp and bico fiber have risen in excess of 40 percent since mid-2009, and, despite forecasts to the contrary, will remain at high levels in the fourth quarter of this year. The rise in prices has been driven by increased demand and curtailment of capacities within the supplier's industry. More



Wipes: They're not just for babies anymore
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In this era of convenience, the ultimate convenience item is a wet wipe. They can be used to remove make-up, to clean the toilet, to wipe down the kitchen counter or to disinfect your hands. They are incredibly portable, and after you use them, into the garbage they go. No muss, no fuss. In the personal care arena, wipes can be used for almost anything. One of the first areas where this technology was exploited was in baby wipes, where gentle cleansing was the key. Eventually, this convenient technology migrated to a multitude of other uses in personal care. There were cleansing applications like make-up remover wipes, foot freshening wipes, intimate cleansing wipes, soothing eye wipes, denture wipes and boogie wipes as well as wipes for applying products such as self tanners, sunscreens, insect repellents and anti-itch creams. More

Fiberweb acquires Boddingtons
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Fiberweb has acquired Boddingtons International Ltd., the parent company of the Boddingtons group of companies. Boddingtons is the only U.K producer of geosynthetic nets as well as a wide range of accessories and laminates for use in civil engineering projects and for temporary ground protection. Its business is highly complementary to Fiberweb's Wales-based Terram geosynthetics business. There is a long-standing and growing supply relationship between the two businesses, accounting for around 10 percent of Boddingtons' sales. There are also links with Fiberweb's Old Hickory, Tenn.-based Typar construction fabrics business. More

Lenzing to increase fiber capacity by 25 percent
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The Lenzing Group, world leader in man-made cellulose fibers, has set its course for the future expansion of its fiber production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel fibers at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose as well as further capacity expansion measures. More



ABB inaugurates new manufacturing base for pulp and paper business in China
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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, held an opening ceremony for its Quality Control Systems (QCS) and Web Imaging Systems (WIS) factory. The state-of-the-art facility becomes ABB's only manufacturing base for QCS and WIS worldwide. The move further optimizes the company's global business footprint and exemplifies its "in China, for the world" strategy. The factory will deliver first class products and solutions to customers in Asia and around the world, addressing the demands of the global papermaking market. More

Maintaining fiber length in complex 3-D designs
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Discontinuous glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) is a popular composite material in automotive, building and construction, and lawn and garden applications. It offers a good balance of high stiffness-to-weight, broad chemical resistance, good weatherability, all-around toughness and durability and, of course, low cost. More

VITA Nonwovens announces 2011 price increases
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The Nonwoven Division of VITA (including LIBELTEX and VITA Nonwovens) has now started to announce price increases ranging from 6 percent to 12 percent to its global customer base. "Since quarter two of 2010 our Raw Materials (polyester staple fiber - PSF - and viscose staple fiber - VSF) did raise between 15 and 30 percent depending on the fiber type. It has now become clear to the market that these significant increases will be applicable at the start of 2011," explains Wim Warnier, CEO for VITA's Nonwoven Division. More

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Biosafe granted patent for antimicrobial polymer
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Pittsburgh-based Biosafe Inc., a producer of antimicrobial products, recently was awarded a composition of matter patent by the U.S. Patent Office for its antimicrobial siloxane polymer. Biosafe reports the polymer resists leaching and migration by bonding on a molecular level to the treated surface of nonwovens, films, sheets, molded plastics, metals, wood and other substrates. More

Momentive selling unit to Japanese chemical company
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Columbus, Ohio's Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. has a deal to sell a nearly $300 million-a-year business unit to a Japanese company. Momentive, formerly Hexion Specialty Chemicals, said Tokyo-based Harima Chemicals Inc. is buying its ink and adhesive resins unit for about $120 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. More
 

 
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