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As 2013 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. 7.


P&G announces reorganization plan
Nonwovens Industry
From June 11: Procter & Gamble is grouping its Global Business Units into four industry-based sectors as part of the company's ongoing plan to improve business performance. These changes support the company's current growth strategies of strengthening developed market businesses, maintaining developing market momentum, building a strong innovation pipeline and driving productivity improvements.
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New disposable toilet wipes causing ecological woes in the US
Digital Journal
From July 30: Increased waste, clogged sewage lines, increased maintenance and repair costs. These are just some of the results from the increase in Americans' usage of the new disposable toilet wipes, touted as flushable by manufacturers. Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin have started humorous and catchy advertising campaigns to get Americans on board with the new disposable toilet wipes.
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What P&G learned from the diaper wars
Fast Company
From Feb. 12: Back in the late 1950s, a P&G chemist named Vic Mills had a profound dislike for cleaning his grandson's cloth diapers; he was convinced there had to be a better way and began studying the nascent disposable-diaper product segment, which then represented less than 1 percent of the billions of diaper changes in the United States every year.
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'Smart' disposable diapers could hit market this year
Taipei Times
From Feb. 19: "Smart" disposable diapers being developed by the state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute are likely to hit the market this year, the institute said recently. The electronic diapers should be ready for sale by the end of this year once nonwoven fabrics manufacturer KNH Enterprise Co. makes final adjustments to its sensor computing system, said Chiou Yii-tay, a special assistant at the institute's Cloud Service Application Center.
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MIT researchers develop lightweight composite structures
fibre2fashion
From Aug. 27: MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child's construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees.
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'Flushable' wipes fouling up the waterworks
ConsumerAffairs.com
From Sept. 10: A backed-up sink or toilet is bad enough, but entire sewer systems are getting clogged up by pre-moistened "personal wipes" and other consumer products that claim to be "flushable." The items, which also include baby wipes, paper towels and dental floss are becoming a major headache for utilities around the world. Just a few weeks ago, a huge 15-ton blob of congealed fat and wipes — quickly dubbed a "fatberg" — lodged in a drain, causing no end of problems.
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High-tech diapers monitor children's health over time
Gizmag
From July 23: Diapers usually rank very low on the list of items in need of a high-tech upgrade, despite products like the TweetPee recently hitting the market. But unlike a Twitter-enabled diaper, which provides information that anyone with a nose could figure out on their own, a new diaper from Pixie Scientific could actually warn parents of health issues before they become serious.
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Sales of adult diapers to surpass baby diapers in aging Japan
Quartz
From July 16: Japan's rapidly aging population is producing some interesting new business opportunities, including a booming market for adult diapers. The Nikkei newspaper recently reported that three Japanese paper companies — Daio and Nippon Paper — are expanding their manufacturing facilities for what are politely called "incontinence products" due to an expected surge in demand.
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P&G achieves zero manufacturing waste at 45 sites worldwide
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From April 9: Procter & Gamble has reached a new step toward its zero manufacturing and consumer waste global target. The consumer goods giant has announced that 45 of its worldwide facilities have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
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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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Surat set to make textile products using banana fiber
The Times of India
From March 12: Textile entrepreneurs in the country's biggest man-made fabric industry in Surat are all set to try manufacturing biodegradable and eco-friendly technical textile products using natural banana fiber.
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