The growing ground for durable nonwovens

October 11th, 2016

David Nelson was devoted to nonwoven technology at 3M when the Minnesota-based corporate powerhouse became a charter member of The Nonwovens Institute, which launched in 2007 at North Carolina State University. Nelson served on the institute’s industrial advisory board for six years, three years as chairman. He also served for six years on the board […]

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Expanding nonwovens

October 1st, 2016

ELASTEX® TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) products are designed to provide maximum elongation and maximum elastic recovery. ELASTEX TPU is highly elastic for use where stretching capability is needed. Material has high air permeability and is resilient to abrasion, puncture, aging and UV; available in various colors. Leading applications include medical, hygiene, sportswear, wraps, filters and films. […]

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Nonwovens reach beyond their beginnings as disposables

October 1st, 2016

While he was managing nonwovens research and development at 3M, David Nelson observed an irony surrounding the technology with which he had been involved for 35 of his 40 years at the Minnesota-based powerhouse. “When I gave updates, I would say, ‘Of our 48 technologies, nonwoven is the only one described by what it isn’t […]

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Advanced textiles in Russia

October 1st, 2016

Government invests $300 million to expand applications in the defense, aerospace and geosynthetic industries. The Russian government plans to invest up to $300 million USD in 2016 and 2017 toward developing the technical textiles industry, according to recent statements by Denis Manturov, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade. Manturov is responsible for the development of […]

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Annual nonwovens report: supply and demand

August 12th, 2016

INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the third edition of its annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report. The document includes key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade. A benchmark for North American capacity, production, and supply information, the report provides a clear view of the all-important […]

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Europe adopts wipes disposal symbol

August 4th, 2016

EDANA, the Brussels-based global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released the results of a review of wipes packaging in Europe, showing that companies are voluntarily adopting the industry’s Flushability Guidelines for testing and the labeling Code of Practice for wipes packaging. EDANA checked 229 individual packages in 11 countries and found that […]

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Nonwovens demand expected to rise

April 7th, 2016

Global demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.4 percent annually to 11.1 million metric tons in 2019 according to a new study from Freedonia Group, an industry research firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. The study, World Nonwovens, anticipates that demand will be driven by an expected increase in the manufacture of key products made […]

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Archroma and DKTE to enter education partnership

February 23rd, 2016

Archroma, a color and specialty chemicals company, and DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji for Technical Textiles (DKTE), based in Kolhapur, India, have entered into a five-year partnership aiming at sharing Archroma’s expertise in the area of Technical Textiles and Nonwovens with the Institute’s faculty and students. Under the terms of the partnership, Archroma […]

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Sandler AG to open U.S. nonwovens manufacturing plant

October 19th, 2015

German nonwoven manufacturer Sandler AG is opening a manufacturing plant in Perry, Ga., in 2016. Family-owned and operated, Sandler is active in both durable applications, such as automotive and filtration, and disposables, including personal hygiene and wipes. The company runs one of the largest production sites for nonwovens in Europe, employing 650 staff and reporting […]

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EDANA launches nonwovens training program

September 29th, 2015

EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, has renewed its training course program with “Nonwovens Learning Cycle™,” an integrated approach to nonwovens from the basics to advanced courses and guided development. Developed in partnership with the European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI), the courses are delivered in four stages: an introduction to […]

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