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As 2014 comes to a close, TAPPI would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Caught in the NET a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.

Company to make diapers from jellyfish
The Weather Channel
From April 15: The world has two large, slimy problems: jellyfish and used diapers. Billions of jellyfish are taking over our oceans, killing off underwater life, interrupting beach-going, even shutting down nuclear power plants in the process, reports The New York Times. As for diapers? Wired reports that an average newborn will tear through 155 pounds of diapers in his/her's first year. And all those diapers add up. A study from the Environmental Protection Agency found that 3.8 million tons of diapers entered landfills in a single year.
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Kimberly-Clark still pursuing healthcare spinoff
Appleton Post Crescent
From March 25: Executives at Kimberly-Clark say a spin-off of the company's healthcare business could happen in the third quarter of this year. The company announced in November that it was seeking a tax-free spin-off to create a standalone, publicly traded company with $1.6 billion in annual net sales of surgical products, infection prevention products and medical devices.
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Nano coatings for textiles and nonwovens: The future is now
Innovations in Textiles
From Dec. 2: Scientific and commercial research into nanopolymer technology, polymers or copolymers with nanoparticles or nanofillers dispersed in the polymer matrix, has exploded since its discovery less than a decade ago and today there are many applications for nanopolymers both in industry and in consumer markets. One avenue of research, development and commercialization of nanopolymers is in the nano coatings industry where nanopolymer coatings can impart amazing new properties to materials, increasing their effectiveness whilst decreasing their maintenance time and cost.
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New solar cell minimizes environmental risks in manufacturing process
Voice of America
From July 1: Scientists in England report the development of a new solar cell that minimizes environmental risks in the manufacturing process by using an element used in bath salts. Many of the solar panels you see on roof tops use special materials called semiconductors such as silicon to generate electricity. However, silicon is not especially good at absorbing sunlight, says Jon Major, physics professor at the University of Liverpool in England.
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US production costs catching up with China
Los Angeles Times
From April 29: Another win for the made-in-America movement: A new report found that U.S. manufacturing in the past decade has become much more competitive compared with low-cost manufacturing rivals. U.S. factories can make goods at the same cost or even cheaper than those made in Eastern Europe, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. And it is now less than 5 percent cheaper to make goods in China compared with the U.S.
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A spray foam insulation edges closer to surpass fiberglass insulation in 2016
SprayFoam.com
From Aug. 12: U.S. demand for insulation is forecast to rise 7.8 percent annually to $8.9 billion in 2016. Advances will be stimulated by a rebound in building construction expenditures from a depressed 2011 base. Further growth will be fueled by changes in building codes and continuing consumer interest in reducing energy consumption and utility bills. Homeowners and building owners will add or upgrade insulation to achieve these goals.
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New technology hitting wipes market
Nonwovens Industry
From Nov. 4: Arvell, the nonwovens technology now being offered by wipes converting line specialist Teknoweb, is starting to gain traction in the marketplace. Earlier in October, Polish wipes maker Harper Hygienics announced it would start manufacturing wipes using Arvell substrates and executives expect more companies to follow suit.
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Voith debuts new Kinetic hybrid press felt
Nonwovens Industry
From July 22: The newly developed Kinetic hybrid press felt from Voith differs from conventional press felts through its combination of a woven base structure and a nonwoven yarn structure. Its modular design gives paper manufacturers the possibility of fulfilling their requirements for dewatering performance and sheet quality at the same time. The nonwoven yarn structure of Kinetic can be positioned both in machine as well as in cross direction and is designed for fineness and accuracy. Due to this structure, Kinetic has a large number of contact points, which provides for up to 20 percent more efficient dewatering of the paper web.
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The adult incontinence market is baby booming
Nonwovens Industry
From March 25: The aging populations of America, Europe and Japan are driving today's adult incontinence market. By 2020 estimates say 16 percent of the North American population will be over 65 and by 2050 this number will jump to 20 percent. People are living longer and healthier lives; however, with increased longevity comes problems associated with aging — like incontinence. Right now it is estimated that 25 million Americans experience incontinence symptoms.
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Cheaper carbon fiber will slash automaking costs
Reuters
From April 1: Swedish tabletop and airlaid maker Duni says it is creating a new organization based around five business areas with the aim of focusing on profitable growth. The goal is increased customer focus and market segment specialization within the new business areas. "Duni has created very strong positions on the traditional restaurant market in Europe over the past few decades. However, growth in this market has been low for several years," says Thomas Gustafsson, CEO, Duni.
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