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Google Files Patent for Gesture-Sensing Fabrics (10/11/2016)

Google has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for its gesture control system developed under the Project Jacquard. This system works with smart-garments which make use of interactive textiles. These textiles can sense touch-based hand gestures to send out commands to devices kept in pockets or purses for carrying out pre-defined functions.

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Nano-Kebab Fabric Breaks Down Chemical Warfare Agents (10/10/2015)

Researchers have created a fabric material containing nanoscale fibers that are capable of degrading chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Uniform coatings of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were synthesized on top of the nanofibers, forming unique kebab-like structures. These MOFs are what break down the CWAs, rendering them harmless.

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Bioinspired Athletic Swim Suits (10/20/2016)

According to a report this week by Seshadri Ramkumar, professor, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA, a team of researchers from Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S. and visiting scientists from France took inspiration from semiaquatic rodent beavers to derive a mathematical model which could be used to develop swim suits and functional coating processes.

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Study Explains Strength Gap between Graphene, Carbon Fiber (10/27/2016)

Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn't as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to Rice University scientists. They found the polymer chains that make up a common carbon fiber are prone to misalign during manufacture, a defect the researchers compared with a faulty zipper that weakens the product.


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Polyfab USA Announces FR Comshade Premium Shadecloth (10/18/2016)

After two years of development and having passed the rigid testing required by the California State Fire Marshal, as well as long-term accelerated weathering, Polyfab USA LLC, Manhattan Beach, Calif., has announced that its newly re-developed FR Comshade™ will soon be available from Polyfab distributors across the Americas.

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Andritz to Supply Three Nonwovens Production Lines to Mogul, Turkey (5/02/2016)

Adritz Nonwoven, part of international technology Group Andrits, Austria, has received three orders from Mogul to supply two complete spunlace lines and one spunjet line (combination of spunlaid and hydroentanglement processes). 

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A.Celli Nonwovens to Host TANDEM Open House (2/28/2017)

From March 13 until the end of April 2017, A.Celli Nonwovens will host an event dedicated to the presentation of TANDEM® technology at its facilities in Lucca, Italy.

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Glatfelter, Dreamweaver Win Nonwovens Excellence Award (4/12/2017)

Glatfelter, York, Pa., USA, reports that its Composite Fibers business unit, in partnership with Dreamweaver International Inc., Greenville, S.C., won an award for the Dreamweaver Gold 20™ product as the best finished product made from, or incorporating nonwovens.

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Huggies Ramps up Efforts to Close Diaper Gap (1/04/2017)

In early 2017, Huggies will become the first global diaper brand to offer a program that will enable diaper banks to purchase bulk quantities of high-quality Huggies diapers at competitive prices. Additionally, through the end of December 2016, Huggies matched all Rewards Point diaper donations made to help babies in need.

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Teijin Develops Indigo-Like Synthetic Fiber with Japanese Textile Mills (1/02/2017)

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, has developed an indigo-like synthetic fiber, named INDI5, in collaboration with Daiichi Gousen and Mitsuke Senkou, Japanese long-established textile mills of heavy-weight fabrics and dyeing.

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National Presto Sells Absorbent Products Unit (1/12/2017)

National Presto Industries Inc. reports that it has sold its absorbent products division to a Belgian company for $71 million. Eau Claire-based National Presto, which also has divisions that make ammunition for the military and small kitchen appliances for consumers, said the deal with Drylock Technologies Inc., unites the absorbent products segment with a major company in that industry while keeping local jobs.

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Class Action Settlement Reached on Kandoo Wipes (1/10/2017)

A San Francisco judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of a class action lawsuit involving the Kandoo brand of flushable wipes. The settlement potentially affects people who purchased the wipes in California between March 21, 2010 and Dec. 9, 2016. 

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Freudenberg Performance Materials Launches New Evolon Website (1/11/2017)

Freudenberg Performance Materials is launching a new website for Evolon®. With one click, visitors will obtain detailed information on the technology invented by Freudenberg and the particular benefits which the microfilament fabric can provide them.

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Nanofibers Developed for Healing Bone Fractures (1/23/2017

In the future, it may be possible to use nanofibers to improve the attachment of bone implants, or the fibers may be used directly to scaffold bone regeneration. This would aid the healing of fractures and may enable the care of osteoporosis.

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Reebok Introduces Sublite Cushion Tactical Line of Lightweight, Responsive Duty Footwear (1/24/2017)

Warson Brands, official licensee of Reebok for duty and uniform footwear, has introduced the new Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical line of tactical footwear designed for law enforcement and first responder professionals. The Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical incorporates Sublite foam midsole technology to maximize cushioning while minimizing weight.

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Fujian Nanfang Textile Chooses A.Celli Nonwovens Technology (2/27/2017)

A.Celli Nonwovens, Italy, reports that it has recently received an order from Fujian Nanfang Textile Co., a Chinese company specialized in the production and sales of carded nonwoven products, for the supply of a latest-generation winding line for Spunlace products. The supply, that in addition to the Combi system (integrated winder, stock stations and rewinder) also includes a completely automatic packaging system, is earmarked for Fujian Nanfang Textile’s new facility in the city of Nanping, in the Province of Fujian, China.

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New Report Studies Global Biodegradable SAP Market (12/16/2016)

The global biodegradable superabsorbent material market is expected to reach $190 million by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, Calif. Significant usage of bio-based, high-performance absorption polymers in adult incontinence products, disposable diapers, and agriculture applications is likely to boost the industry growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, the feminine hygiene sector is anticipated to provide unique opportunities for these environmentally friendly polymers over the next few years.

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Key Drivers and Trends for Hygiene Textiles (12/15/2016)

For 2016, the global hygiene market (baby diapers/nappies, feminine hygiene pads and tampons, and adult incontinence products, as well as the medical and wipes markets) will consume 4.4 million tons valued at $17 billion, according to Smithers Pira’s report The Future of Global Hygiene Markets to 2021: Wovens vs Nonwovens.

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Army Developing “Comfortable” Flame-Resistant Wool for Combat Uniforms (12/12/2016)

Flame-resistant. Breathable. Moisture wicking. These words don’t usually come to mind when thinking of wool, but Army researchers are hoping a wool-blend fabric that does all three will improve combat uniforms for troops.

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New INDA Report Benchmarks South American Nonwovens (11/01/2016)

INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the fourth study of the South American region with the South American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2015 - 2020 for nonwoven producers and suppliers, converters, manufacturers, brand owners, analysts, and raw materials and machinery suppliers. 


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