Archive for April, 2011

Sustainable nonwovens set to rise sharply

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The global sustainable nonwovens market is projected to reach $12.2 billion by 2015, according to new research from Intertech Pira. The sector is due to have a CAGR of 12.7%, which is almost twice the 6.9% CAGR predicted over the same period for non-sustainable nonwovens.
By 2015, IntertechPira expects sustainable nonwovens to account for 30.6% of all nonwovens in value terms – a sharp rise from 24.1% ($4.5 billion) in 2005 and 25.3% ($6.7 billion) in 2010.
The findings show that Europe leads the way in sustainable nonwoven consumption, projected to be using almost 1.5 million tonnes by 2015, up from an estimated 786,000 tonnes in 2010. (more…)

Blowmolding: Graham Packaging bids for machine maker Techne

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The plastic bottle blowmolding giant is adding to its presence in the machine manufacturing market with its decision to purchase Techne, an Italian manufacturer of extrusion blowmolding machinery. The extrusion blowmolding machinery manufacturers’ space has been a tough one for years and Techne was not spared; it has been operating under liquidation proceedings since last year.

Graham Packaging used to manufacture its own rotary wheel extrusion blow molding machinery but divested that business many years ago; that business continues to operate as Graham Engineering Corp, and like Graham Packaging also is based in York, PA. The deal for Techne was announced little more than a week after packaging processor Silgan announced that it had agreed to purchase Graham Packaging. (more…)

Fruedenberg Nonwovens' Lutraflor® Wins INDEX 11 Award

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Germany-based Freudenberg Nonwovens has won an INDEX 11 Award in the Nonwoven Roll Good category for its Lutraflor® nonwoven roll good media for automotive applications. The INDEX 11 Awards, presented by Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, during the INDEX 11 conference held April 12-15 in Geneva, recognize innovation and sustainability in the nonwovens and related industries.

Lutraflor features a sandwich construction comprising a composite of spunlaid and staple-fiber fabric made using 100-percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate raw material. According to Freudenberg, the media has a luxurious appearance, and is abrasion- and wear-resistant. (more…)

EDANA hails 2011 ‘most successful INDEX ever’

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

EDANA, the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, has hailed INDEX 11, the most successful edition of the event to date.
Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA, said: “For an industry which has just started to show signs of recovery – now finally rising to levels above those recorded before the global financial crisis, we can be incredibly proud.
“This challenging commercial context spurred the nonwovens industry, already renowned for its creativity and development, to be even more innovative, and companies are investing in sustainable activities which not only bring a positive effect to the world we live in, but also secure the industry for the future.” (more…)

New Elastic Material Changes Color in UV Light

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a range of soft, elastic gels that change color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light — and change back when the UV light is removed or the material is heated up.

The image to the left shows one of the photochromic gels before exposure to UV light. The image on the right shows the elastic material after exposure to UV light. (Credit: Image courtesy of North Carolina State University)

The gels are impregnated with a type of photochromic compound called spiropyran. Spiropyrans change color when exposed to UV light, and the color they change into depends on the chemical environment surrounding the material.

The researchers made the gels out of an elastic silicone substance, which can be chemically modified to contain various other chemical compounds — changing the chemical environment inside the material. Changing this interior chemistry allows researchers to fine-tune how the color of the material changes when exposed to UV light.

“For example, if you want the material to turn yellow when exposed to UV light, you would attach carboxylic acid,” explains Dr. Jan Genzer, Celanese Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. “If you want magenta, you’d attach hydroxyl. Mix them together, and you get a shade of orange.”

Photochromic compounds are not new, but this is the first time they’ve been incorporated into an elastic material, without impairing the material’s elasticity.

The researchers were also able to create patterns by using a shaped mold to change the chemical make-up of specific regions in the material. For example, applying hydroxyl around a star-shaped mold (like a tiny cookie cutter) on the material would result in a yellow star-shaped pattern appearing on a dark magenta elastic when it is exposed to UV light.

“There are surely applications for this material — it’s flexible, changes color in UV light, reverts to its original color in visible light, and can be patterned,” Genzer says. “At this stage we have not identified the best application yet.

Source: Science Daily

Packaging designers face new challenges

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

By Dan Hockensmith | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

While long-term sustainability remains a key concern for packaging manufacturers and retailers, cost-conscious and finicky consumers expect more bang for their bucks in a variety of areas, industrial designers and packaging engineers gathered at a recent seminar learned.

Over the past two years, the amount of items stocked in the typical U.S. household pantry has declined 20 percent, said Steve Kazanjian, vice president of Mead Westvaco Corp.’s global creative packaging unit, citing a recent Wall Street Journal report.

Consumers are buying mostly what they need at the immediate moment, he said — making attractive, easy-to-use packaging more relevant than ever. (more…)

Breakthrough PP for Production of remarkably soft, cloth-like nonwoven

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has introduced DOW SOFT TOUCH™ Polypropylene (PP) Resin, a family of breakthrough single-pellet resin solutions for the efficient production of mono-component spunbond nonwoven fabrics that exhibit remarkable softness and drape while retaining the physical properties of polypropylene nonwoven fabrics. Responding to consumer desire for softer fabrics in absorbent hygiene products and medical nonwovens, Dow’s first product in the new DOW SOFT TOUCH PP Resin family, DC 543 Developmental Polypropylene Resin, was unveiled. The health and hygiene industry’s drive to identify softer nonwoven fabrics has triggered the development of a range of raw materials solutions in recent years, from resin additives, mechanical alteration, and blends to bi-component fibers. (more…)

Nonwovens innovations from Dow

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In a series of new developments for the nonwovens industry, Dow Chemicals has manufactured a range of ultra-low formaldehyde binders for use in disposable and re-usable nonwoven applications.

The Primal Econext 110, 210 and 230 range of water-based acrylic binders are intended for formaldehyde sensitive products such as wipes, baby and adult diapers, hospital underpads, medical packaging, drapes, gowns and facemasks.

The binders are designed to offer excellent wet strength, rapid fluid penetration and a soft hand. The products are compliant with Oeko-Tex 100 standard for textile raw materials, intermediates and end products.

“We are pleased with this breakthrough. Companies can use this family of binders knowing that they were made without formaldehyde, and that it does not generate formaldehyde as it cross links with the nonwoven material it is binding,” said John Haigh, technical services and development manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. (more…)

Buckeye Technologies launches new flushable material

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Buckeye Technologies Inc. is launching a new material that can be used in the manufacture of moist toilet tissue products.

The product, AIRspun Flushable is an airlaid nonwoven substrate and will be unveiled during the Index11 Exhibition April 12-15 in Geneva, Switzerland. Index11 is a showcase for airlaid and fluff pulp products for the nonwovens industry.

“AIRspun Flushable was designed to meet the performance criteria of our customers, including the flushability guidelines set forth by the nonwovens industries’ associations in North America and Europe,” John Crowe, chairman and CEO of Buckeye, said in a statement. “Additionally, the product is made predominantly with our own fluff pulp cellulose from renewable materials, so it fits well with our continued sustainability efforts.”

Source: Memphis Business Journal

New Reicofil spunmelt line for SAAF

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Abdulmohsen M Al-Othman, managing director of Takween Advanced Industries, the holding company for Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) and Ultrapak Manufacturing, signed a contract with Dr Bernd Kunze of Reicofil for the purchase of a new line for SAAF.
The contract is for a state-of-the-art six-beam spunmelt line from Reicofil, which will be installed and running by early 2013.
“Our strategy has always been to invest in the latest technology to expand SAAF’s international business in the medical and hygiene fields,” said Mr Al-Othman. “This investment continues that strategy and will enable us to develop with our strategic partners worldwide.”

Source: WTiN