Archive for June, 2011

Federal-Mogul's Innovative QuietShield® Material Helps Quiet 2012 Buick Verano

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Environmentally-friendly, cost-effective acoustical material is standard equipment on second vehicle in Buick portfolio

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Federal-Mogul Corporation’s (NASDAQ: FDML) innovative, environmentally-friendly QuietShield GRN insulation product that first debuted on the 2010 Buick LaCrosse also will be used by General Motors to help eliminate cabin noise in the new 2012 Buick Verano. Comprised of recycled cardboard packaging and other byproducts normally discarded at a vehicle manufacturing plant, QuietShield® GRN (Green Non-woven) is used as acoustical material in the Verano’s headliner to reduce noise in the passenger compartment. QuietShield GRN represents an effective solution, versus traditional noise-dampening materials, that helps reduce waste disposal and associated costs.

“Producing QuietShield from materials that would otherwise be difficult to reuse enables Federal-Mogul and our customers to progress collaboratively to improve the environment,” said Ramzi Hermiz, senior vice president, Vehicle Safety and Protection, Federal-Mogul. “We are extremely pleased to see Buick extend this innovation to another exciting new vehicle in its line-up.” (more…)

World of Wipes addresses industry challenges

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

25 March 2011, Cary, N.C.

The current challenges facing the global wipes business, ranging from the instability of raw materials to the environmental ‘friendliness’ of finished products, will be the focus of the upcoming World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference, set for June 14–16, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.

The full agenda for the event, which annually attracts hundreds of participants from the wipes supply chain, provides three days of educational seminars, networking and the presentation of the prestigious WOW Innovation Award that will recognize and reward industry members who bring new and value-added processes and products to the wipes’ marketplace. WOW is organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and the agenda is put together by a volunteer group of industry professionals.

Kicking off the 2011 WOW International Conference will be a highly informative session on Worldwide Markets. Presentations will be offered by Ian Bell of Euromonitor International (the Global Market); Rory Holmes, INDA (North America); David Chammah, David Industria E Comercio de Productos Higienicos (South America); Minru Zhu, China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (China); and Heidi Beatty, Nice-Pak/PDI (Europe). (more…)

Super Absorbent Fibre well received at China Hygiene Exhibition

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

1 June 2011, Grimsby

UK-based based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, reports that it enjoyed a record number of enquiries for its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) at the recent China Hygiene Exhibition (CIHPEC 2011).

CIHPEC 2011 hosts a wide range of nonwoven producers, disposable nonwoven products makers and professionals engaged in tissue paper/disposable hygiene products business in China as well as other countries in the world. Key decision makers attending from the nonwoven industry as a whole are looking for new innovation.

Range of markets and applications

Visitors to the Technical Absorbents stand were reportedly eager to discuss opportunities on how to utilise Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology within a wide range of markets and applications, but particular focus was for hygiene products (diaper, panty liners, and adult incontinence), dental, medical applications, coolant technology and cable yarns. (more…)

Paving Fabric Goes Green

Monday, June 27th, 2011

By Lisa Cleaver

Paving fabrics have been long recognized as a way to help pavements last longer. According to AASHTO, the number one cause of pavement deterioration is water intrusion through the pavement. In addition to providing an effective moisture barrier for pavement, paving fabrics can reduce the need for repetitive maintenance and rehabilitation costs over time. The key benefits are reduced crack development and limited water intrusion.

Paving fabrics are typically a nonwoven, polypropylene fabric used as a water-proofing membrane. Applied with and in combination with a liquid asphalt tack coat, this system can be used under AC overlays and under chip seals. (more…)

Bonar And Natpet Select NSC Nonwoven Equipment

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Bonar Technical Fabrics NV—- a Belgium-based producer of woven and nonwoven fabrics for geotextile and agrotextile applications, and a part of United Kingdom-based performance materials manufacturer Low & Bonar Plc — and National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (Natpet) — a producer of polypropylene (PP) resin, and a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia-based investment company Alujain Corp. — have purchased a nonwoven production line from France-based NSC nonwoven for their joint venture (JV) company in Saudi Arabia. The state-of-the-art line has a 6-meter working width and includes the Asselin-Thibeau IsoProDyn® control system and the A.C.S. system for high-speed crosslapping, among other carding and needling equipment. NSC nonwoven reports the line is the fourth Bonar has purchased that is equipped with the Asselin-Thibeau ProDyn® system. (more…)

Sani-Cloth® AF is a Winner! PDI Wins Top Honor at World of Wipes Conference

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Orangeburg, NY (PRWEB) June 21, 2011

For the second time, Nice-Pak/PDI has received the top honor at the World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference. The WOW International Conference is sponsored by the INDA, a trade association representing the nonwoven fabrics industry since 1968, and a sponsor of engineered fabric related conferences and expositions. PDI won the 2011 WOW Innovation Award™ in Atlanta, Ga. for its new Sani-Cloth® AF Germicidal Disposable Wipe. The WOW Award recognizes companies that bring innovative, value-added processes and products to the wipes marketplace.

Sani-Cloth® AF is the first and only fragrance free, alcohol free, quaternary-based surface disinfection wipe with an overall kill time of three minutes. Marketed to the healthcare industry, it balances strong claims with safety for patients, visitors, healthcare workers and equipment. It is tested effective against 25 clinically relevant microorganisms, including five multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) such as MRSA and VRE. Being fragrance-free, Sani-Cloth AF can be used around patients and residents with respiratory conditions and other sensitivities. It is also ideal for bleach- and alcohol-sensitive equipment as well as other hard non-porous surfaces. (more…)

Buckeye Technologies to Shut Down Nonwovens Facility by 2012 End

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Published on June 20, 2011 at 1:15 AM

By Cameron Chai

Buckeye Technologies, a producer and supplier of nonwoven materials and specialty fibers, declared that it intends to shut down its airlaid nonwovens plant located in Delta, British Colombia, Canada, by the end of fiscal year 2012.

Buckeye Technologies will use its facilities in Steinfurt, Germany, and Gaston County, North Carolina, to produce goods now manufactured at Delta. According to John B. Crowe, Chairman of Buckeye, the facility’s low utilization of capacity, a strong Canadian dollar and poor site locality concerning raw material suppliers and customers are the some of the reasons behind the closure of the facility.

Crowe continued that the company combined its two-machine production into one airlaid machine operation in fall 2010 in order to increase the profit of the facility. However, the facility’s financial performance forecast is not in a good shape even after the consolidation, he added.

Crowe further said that the 18-month schedule for closure will provide the time to execute the required alterations at Buckeye’s Steinfurt and Gaston facilities to fulfill the demands of its Delta customers. The closing and consolidation of operations will enhance capacity utilization, profit and return on investment for the company’s nonwoven business. Nearly $30 million in cash is estimated to be generated from the closure, mainly through disposal of assets of the Delta facility and decreasing the working capital, he said.

Source: http://www.bkitech.com

Delstar opens new manufacturing plant in China

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

DelStar Technologies Inc has officially opened its new manufacturing site in Suzhou, China.

The new multi-million dollar 70 000 sq ft facility will replace the company’s current factory, also in Suzhou, and will double their current production capacity in China, with the potential to double again in the future.
DelStar Technologies (Suzhou) Co Ltd has been a wholly-owned and fully operational foreign enterprise since 2005. Delstar has had a presence in China since 1997 when it opened a sales office in Shanghai to service the Asia Pacific region.
DelStar Technologies is a custom manufacturer of plastic and metal components used in filtration, automotive, healthcare, industrial, food, electronics, and textile markets. Products include a wide variety of plastic nets, nonwovens and filter tubes and cores, as well as specialised plastic and metal machined parts.

Penn Color expanding again, opening plant in Milton, Wis.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

By Frank Esposito | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

DOYLESTOWN, PA. (June 3, 1 p.m. ET) — Color concentrates maker Penn Color will open its new plant in Milton, Wis., by the end of June — only a few months after adding concentrates production to a plant in Venray, the Netherlands.

The 50,000-square-foot Milton plant will employ 12-15 and represents an investment of almost $2 million. The site will make color concentrates for use in cups, toys and other products, officials with Doylestown, Pa.-based Penn Color said.

In the Netherlands, Penn Color earlier this year completed a 15,000 square-foot addition to an inks and coatings plant it already had operated there, industry manager Bob Kaminski said in a June 3 phone interview. Previously, the firm had supplied the European market with color concentrates made at its U.S. locations. The expansion will allow Penn Color to create 8-10 jobs, Kaminski said. (more…)

Invista to invest $100m in Brazilian fibre plant

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Invista is to invest over $100m in a new Lycra fibre production plant in Paulínia, São Paulo.

As part of Invista’s strategy to expand its business in Brazil and sustain its position in the region, construction of the expansion project will begin immediately, with an expected opening in late 2012.

The manufacturer currently has sites in Americana, São Paulo, producing Supplex fabric, and in Paulínia, where it produces Lycra fibre.

The new spandex plant, which will be installed at Invista’s Paulínia site, is expected to generate a significant number of new jobs after the start of operations.

“Brazil is a growing and strategic market for our business,” said David Trerotola, president of Invista Apparel. “Brazil’s textile market is very integrated, with textile mills, garment and fashion brands with high penetration in the country and the world. Through our local and global innovations in textile fibres, we are able to offer even more solutions to customers.” (more…)