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Japanese companies introduce three innovative products

October 1, 2008

Japanese companies have introduced three intriguing specialty fabric products that combine once-incompatible features. By Kikuko Tagawa Cool Cargo helps save lives in Africa Cool Cargo FZ,” collaboratively developed and produced by Twinbird and Taiyo Kogyo, and the 2007 Award of Excellence winner in the industrial applications category of IFAI’s International Achievement Awards, is a refrigerated …

China’s textile industry struggles

Appreciation of the yuan, less plentiful cotton raw material and rising wages are all factors in a Chinese textile industry slump. The General Administration of Customs of China reported that textile and garment exports fell 11 percent in the first half of 2008, and China posted negative growth in U.S. exports for the first time …

Olympic hiatus challenges India’s textile industry

China shut down emission-intensive industries prior to the Olympic Games to reduce air pollution in Beijing, and the silence was heard throughout the Indian cotton and textile industry. Chemicals and dyes used in India’s textile manufacturing shot up 25 percent in the two weeks following the shutdown. “Polyester and cotton dyes are some of the …

Demand for polymer sorbents increases

The market for polymer sorbents, used in diapers, feminine napkins and incontinence products, is expected to increase from $4.2 to $7 billion by 2013, according to a recent technical market report. BCC Research, Wellesley, Mass., estimates that life sciences applications will be the second largest market segment in 2008 with 13.3 percent of the total …

Firm partnership offers merger and acquisition assistance

CAs technical textile firms confront a vigorous market, many small and medium-sized companies will need to combine forces to stay competitive. Two companies providing services to facilitate mergers and acquisitions have formed a partnership to assist clients looking for growth opportunities: Lovell Global Holdings LLC, Greensboro, N.C., and Edward C. Gregor & Associates LLC, Charlotte, …

Ingeoâ„¢ heads to China

CL Chemical Fiber, Wenzhou, China, signed a master license agreement with NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., to use Ingeo™ renewable plant-based fibers in a full range of spunbond fabrics. Ingeo uses 65 percent less fossil fuel resources than traditional polymers and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 90 percent, making it a green alternative for …

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TenCate launches new Web site

A new Web site created by TenCate™ Geosystems, Pendergrass, Ga., covers the company’s aquaculture and industrial fabric products and applications. Users can receive the company’s latest announcements and news bulletins, as well as technical product information on the company’s Geotube® geosynthetics for dewatering, marine structure and shoreline protection and Aquagrid® nets designed specifically for fish …

Bulletins provide information on petrochemical markets

Volatile petrochemical prices keep buyers of plastic resin scouring the horizon for current market information. For a price, they can get it from The PetroChem Wire, a new daily and weekly bulletin quoting active spot markets. A subscription to the service, offered by The Plastics Exchange and Lozier Energy, a leading broker, is $1,800 for …

Web site creates online community for the PPE industry

The Online Safety Community is a free social network site where personal protective equipment (PPE) professionals can meet, share ideas, collaborate, discuss emerging trends and learn about new safety products. Ansell Ltd., Red Bank, N.J., brought the Online Safety Community live in June and opened it to membership for all workplace safety professionals. The Web …

New handbook defines eco-textile label requirements

With all of the voluntary and mandatory programs to identify textiles as environmentally friendly, it can be tough to label products to ensure they meet market demands. Mowbray Communications Ltd., Pontefract, U.K., recently issued an eco-textile labeling guide that will make sense of green certification requirments. The easy-to-read handbook provides a primer on organic textile …