Archive for February, 2011

Can we live without plastic?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By Melanie D.G. Kaplan | Feb 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — Last week I went to a program at the National Building Museum, Life After Plastic, during which panelists discussed the impact of rising oil prices on the cost of plastic building materials; the life cycle of plastic; health and environmental concerns; and new product materials such as soy, corn and mushrooms.

Moderator Lance Hosey, president and CEO of GreenBlue (a nonprofit focused on sustainable design and production in business and industry) started off the discussion by telling us that we produce some 300 billion pounds of plastic a year, in highly toxic and dangerous petro-chemical plants. Less than 5 percent of plastic is recycled, he said; other than the small amount of plastic that has been incinerated, every piece of plastic ever made still exists today. (more…)

Thermoformer prepares to bring IML to US

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By Bill Bregar | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO (Feb. 23, 10:40 a.m. ET)  — Tech II Inc., a packaging company that injection molds food containers, bowls, cups and lids, is poised to make plastics-industry history — in thermoforming — as the first North American processor to do in-mold labeling with thermoforming.

“We’re out there pitching this to every person that’ll listen to us,” said President Dave Shiffer.

According to Shiffer, IML thermoforming will put the family-owned firm in the lead in what could be a fast-growing technology. Tech II is investing nearly $6 million to add equipment and build a 65,000-square-foot warehouse, to free up previous warehouse space to house the thermoforming operation.

He said the time is right to make the investment. (more…)

JM Focuses on Sustainability

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Johns Manville Nonwovens Europe is running extensive programs to boost the use of raw materials from renewable resources and from recycling streams for its products.
“We are clear about our responsibility and recently launched intensive research and development and capital expenditure programs in this area,” said Martin Kleinebrecht, head of product management and technology for JM’s European Nonwovens business.
One important project is focused on the use of recycled PET (RPET) from the drinking bottle market, giving a PET bottles a long-term second life in a durable applications such as in a DuraSpun carrier for roofing membranes. (more…)

Russian Nonwovens Industry

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Puts Big Hopes for New State Strategy

The Russian government has implemented a new national strategy aimed at the development of the domestic nonwovens industry with the hopes of becoming one of the most significant players in the European market by 2020.

Since 1990, the Russian nonwovens industry has been going through difficult times despite the ever growing consumption of nonwovens in Russia, mainly due to the fact that the Russian government has never considered nonwovens production one of the priority areas for its further economic development.

Source: Nonwovens Industry

TJ Beall Adds To Cotton Offerings

Friday, February 25th, 2011

TJ Beall Company has expanded its UltraClean line of unbleached cotton fibers for nonwovens.

UltraClean-AM is the same groundbreaking greige cotton staple fibers which are now sterilized for use in the hygiene and medical nonwoven markets. This now gives Beall the ability to offer the most sustainable, natural solution for nonwovens in a form that will meet any company’s sterility compliance standards for incoming raw materials. The fiber sterilization process, as with all UltraClean processes, utilizes no water, chemicals, or process heat.

Source : Nonwovens Industry

Freudenberg to tap growing market for airport acoustics in India

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The new sound experience at the terminal is audible and perceptible for every passenger passing by

Freudenberg, a leading family-held global business group, announced that it plans to tap the growing market for airport acoustics in India. Following successful implementations of cutting edge acoustic design and solutions at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Aitsar Airport in Punjab, the group announced that Freudenberg Nonwovens, one of the group’s ten operating companies in India has successfully implemented an ingenious world class acoustic solution at Delhi International Airport’s T3 terminal as well.

Built around SoundTex, a high performance acoustic nonwoven that blocks noise of planes and traffic outside from penetrating the terminal building, the solution ensures a relaxed and comfortable environment for the 34 mn passengers expected to pass through the terminal each year. (more…)

Canadian industry sees slow recovery

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

By Michael Lauzon | PLASTICS NEWS CORRESPONDENT

TORONTO (Feb. 17, 3 p.m. ET) — Canada’s plastics and rubber sector will continue showing suppressed production over the next few years, according to a forecast by the Conference Board of Canada.

“Right now we have a slow recovery,” said Michael Burt, associate director of the think tank’s industrial economic trends program.

Weakness in the U.S. economy plays a role in Canada’s performance, he explained in a telephone interview from the board’s office in Ottawa, Ontario.

“The United States lost more than 8 million jobs in the recession and so far has got back only [1 million to 1.5 million],” Burt estimated. “It will take two to three years before U.S. employment will be back up to pre-recession levels.” (more…)

Digital printer developed for furnishing fabrics

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Zimmer-Austria, in collaboration with UK textile printer Turnbull Prints, has developed a digital production printer for heavy weight furnishing and decorative fabric applications, the first machine aimed specifically at the furnishing fabrics market.

The Colaris-XT digital printer is based on the Colaris high speed inkjet technology first introduced at FESPA in 2010. The printing line has been developed to offer increased ink application on demand, as well as extending the colour fastness of furnishing fabrics by enhancing the penetration of digital inks.

Zimmer says several of the original Colaris machines, equipped with the Seiko Infotech (SII) SPT-508 print head, have been installed in Europe, mainly to print fashion and apparel fabrics, but with some also being used for home furnishings. (more…)

First ever biodegradable J-Cloth launches

Monday, February 21st, 2011

By Becky Paskin, 16-Feb-2011

Cleaning specialist Chicopee has launched a new biodegradable wipe specifically for the environment-conscious food service sector – the J-Cloth 3000.

The J-Cloth 3000 can help operators maintain acceptable hygiene levels

The J-Cloth 3000 can help operators maintain acceptable hygiene levels

Similar to the original J-Cloth, the new non-woven wipe is the first compostable and biodegradable product of its kind, and has been approved by the FCC (Food Contact Clearance).

Its texture and design still enables effective cleaning power and makes it easy to rinse, ensuring longer durability.

The J-Cloth 3000’s hygiene-says-HPA” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>launch comes just months after a study showed that over half of cleaning cloths in restaurant and take-away kitchens contained “unacceptable” levels of bacteria.

The Health Protection Agency recommended that restaurants use disposable cloths that are changed regularly to maintain high hygiene levels.

Source: Big Hospitality

BASF to launch new products at INDEX 2011

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

18 February 2011, Ludwigshafen – BASF is to present new products in the fields of fibre bonding, additives and super absorbents at INDEX 2011, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition, which is being held from April 12-15 April in Geneva. BASF will be targeting customers from the hygiene and nonwovens industry and all companies that require environmentally friendly binding agents and liquid-absorbing polymers for their products.

Dispersions for fibre bonding

“Binding agents for fibrous materials in the form of dispersions and reactive resins have become part of our daily life,” says BASF. “They hold together a large number of products that simplify our everyday life in many ways. When used in nonwovens, they make roofing membranes tear-proof and ensure that PVC floors keep their shape. Thanks to such dispersions, waterproof cellulose substrates can be turned into highly efficient decorative paper, filters or nonwoven wallpaper. Natural fibres are used to produce light-weight construction material or floor coverings,” the company says. (more…)