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As 2011 comes to a close, the TAPPI's NET (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists) Division 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 the Caught in the NET a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 3, 2012.


What diaper R&D should really focus on
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Aug. 23, 2011: We all have seen the TV commercials. Diaper manufacturers want to convince you that it is socially acceptable to wear a diaper, even when you are an active adult. They are spending a fortune on advertisements to try to achieve this weird objective. And nothing could be farther from the truth. More

Kimberly-Clark gets FDA clearance for child's face mask
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Oct. 4, 2011: Kimberly-Clark Health Care announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market the Kimberly-Clark Child's Face Mask. This marks the first time that the FDA has granted any manufacturer 510(k) clearance for a pediatric face mask and establishes the product with the designation of a Class II medical device. More

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Battelle develops soy-based chemistry for 'green' diapers
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Aug. 2, 2011: Anyone who's had a baby knows how fast diapers can pile up. Scientists at Battelle, an independent research and development organization, have developed a chemistry to make diapers and other absorbent products friendlier to the environment - with the aim of making them cost competitive. The next step is to commercialize this new, green innovation-concept that uses soybean meal to replace a third of the petroleum products currently found in such items. More

New technology makes textiles germ-free forever
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July 12, 2011: A University of Georgia researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render dental instruments, medical linens and clothing, face masks, even paper towels permanently germ-free. The simple and inexpensive antimicrobial technology works on natural and synthetic materials. The technology can be applied during the manufacturing process or later, and it doesn't deteriorate after washing. Unlike other antimicrobial technologies, repeated applications are unnecessary to maintain effectiveness. More

With big growth in use, reusable bags may not have the environmental benefit once thought
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April 26, 2011: At Tony Fisher's Big Green Earth Store on South Street in Philadelphia, most customers - he guesses 95 percent - bring their own bags. And still, his committed greenies buy more. How many? He shrugs. In a year, "thousands." Along with the reusable water bottle and the swirly compact fluorescent lightbulb, the reusable bag has become an emblem of the environmental movement. More



Inflation hits diaper market
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March 22, 2011: Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark said it is hiking average selling prices by 3 percent to 7 percent in the U.S. and Canada on its Huggies diapers and baby wipes, Pull-Ups training pants and GoodNites youth pants. The price increase goes into effect June 19. A concurrent price increase of 7 percent will be applied to the company's Cottenelle and Scott 1000 bathroom tissue sold in the U.S. All together, the price increases cover products that accounted for 20 percent of Kimberly-Clark's nearly $20 billion in sales last year. More

The 'Made in' debate and what it means for nonwovens
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June 21, 2011: Writing for the June 6 edition of the Wall Street Journal, John W. Miller is to be commended for succinctly outlining an issue that has been a bug-a-boo for the global nonwovens industry for years: U.S. versus EU Rules of Origin. Simplifying an extremely complex matter into several sentences, Miller notes that the EU Parliament and the European Commission have both approved a proposal mandating use of "Made in" labels on 11 categories of manufactured products offered for sale in Europe - including textiles - indicating where the product originated. More

Engineers create new nano-fiber tougher than Kevlar
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Jan. 4, 2011: A new high performance fiber that is better at absorbing energy without breaking than Kevlar has been created by the U.S Department of Defense. While still under development, the material could be used in bulletproof vests, parachutes, or in composite materials for vehicles, airplanes and satellites in the future. The fiber has been engineered from carbon nanotubes spun into a yarn and held together using a polymer. The resultant material is tough and strong while still remaining flexible. More



West Texas cotton product could save soldiers' lives
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May 3, 2011: West Texas cotton product is helping to keep the U.S. military safe from chemical and biological warfare agents. It's called Fibertect. KCBD first talked about the product last year during the Gulf oil spill. Back then, the absorbent wipe with activated carbon core showed it could absorb 50 times its weight in oil while also absorbing cancer-causing vapors. More

Nonwovens: Growing rapidly in packaging
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May 24, 2011: At the recent Index 11 conference and exhibition in Geneva, Dr. George Kellie, Director of Kellie Solutions Ltd, was able to report on the growth of nonwovens in packaging. In-depth market research by Kellie Solutions revealed that the market has grown by over 25 percent in the five years since 2005. Some sectors such as multi-trip retail packaging have shown stellar growth figures - well in excess of the trend average. More

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