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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.

Freudenberg's new nonwovens heal chronic wounds faster
Fibre2fashion
From June 3: The latest product developments in advanced wound care mark a further milestone in medical nonwovens for Freudenberg Nonwovens. The company has developed nonwovens made of chitosan fibers that accelerate the healing process in the treatment of chronic wounds.
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Hohenstein to develop artificial womb for premature babies
Fibre2fashion
From June 10: Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute are working with Beluga-Tauchsport GmbH and M. Zellner GmbH to develop an "artificial uterus" providing sensory therapy for premature babies. About 50,000 babies are born prematurely in Germany every year. Some of them need intensive medical care in incubators for weeks or even months.
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Japan develops wireless sensor for diapers
Japan Daily Press
From Feb. 18: A research team from the University of Tokyo has unveiled the world's first flexible and disposable organic sensor — one that can be placed inside a diaper and will send an alert wirelessly to a specific person if it needs changing. The flexible integrated circuit is printed on a plastic film and transmits information — and even receives its power — wirelessly, and could potentially be manufactured for a few cents.
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Cotton topsheet developed for diapers
Nonwovens INdustry
From Jan 28: The world is one step closer to seeing a diaper with a cotton component. Cotton maker TJ Beall and Huntsman Textile Effects have developed a diaper topsheet made from hydroentangled apertured spunlaced nonwoven material. The substrate, featuring TJ Beall's True Cotton brand of unbleached (griege) cotton treated with Huntsman's Ultraphil CO additive, outperformed polypropylene spunbond nonwovens.
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Can Google's robots build a new future for US manufacturing?
The Verge
From Feb. 18: During a dinner with Silicon Valley executives in 2011, President Barack Obama famously asked Apple CEO Steve Jobs what he needed to do to bring iPhone manufacturing back to the US. Jobs replied: "Those jobs aren't coming back." At the time, it seemed like a reasonable assertion. U.S. manufacturing was in the middle of a decades-long decline, and American companies seemed unable to compete with the low labor and production costs in China. But that may be changing, some say, thanks to an unlikely catalyst: robots.
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Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs after spinoff
Reuters
From Oct. 29: Kimberly-Clark has been ranked No. 6 among "The World's Best Multinational Workplaces" for 2013 in one of the largest annual studies of workplace excellence and corporate management practices. Kimberly-Clark has received top honors in the survey for three straight years, and again ranks highest among all global consumer-products companies included in the survey.
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Adidas announces detox roadmap
Textile World
From June 17: Sports brand adidas announced a new roadmap towards the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain. In collaboration with Greenpeace's Detox campaign, the official World Cup sponsor has laid out a credible plan for the elimination of per-and polyfluorinated chemicals and set key milestones to achieve full supply chain transparency.
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Cost quandry hits Japan's advanced factories
Automotive News
From April 15: It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intensive. That allows the companies to test and prove processes before implementing them abroad.
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World's first all carbon fiber RV is black, green and super slick
Autoblog
From April 8: Carbon fiber is becoming more and more prevalent on production vehicles — look no further than the BMW i3 — but a new company headquartered in Speedway, Ind., is taking the ultra-light material to the next level. Soon you will be able to order a 35-foot-long, tow-behind RV made from a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and body.
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A textile renaissance in the US?
Innovation in Textiles
From Feb. 25: Japan's Toray Industries recently announced it would invest $1 billion in a new carbon fiber manufacturing facility in South Carolina. There has also been a lot of recent press coverage about the revival of the U.S. textiles industry and the "Made in America" movement. So, is the textiles industry coming back to the U.S then? It never really left, argues Bill Smith, and Asian companies are moving in to get a share of one of the world's largest markets for textiles and textile related products.
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