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Monday, January 30th, 2012

Patrick Keane Published 24 January 2012 – The battery module market for hybrid and electric vehicles is expected to grow from about $5bn in 2010 to $47bn in 2020, representing a compounded annual growth rate of (CAGR) of 25% over 10 years, according to ABI research.

The report said continued demand for cleaner, more efficient vehicles, led by governments dealing with goals to cut emissions, means that financial incentives will be around for a long time.

Urban areas are being targeted as prime regions for electric vehicle adoption, as the recharging infrastructure is also developing rapidly in these areas.

ABI Research principal analyst David Alexander said as well as the production vehicles that went on sale in 2011, announcements from all the major manufacturers make it clear that this segment will have much more competition in the next couple of years.

“Also, some existing hybrid vehicles will be fitted with larger batteries to improve their electric-only range,” Alexander said. (more…)

CAB 2012 to focus on nonwovens converting and bonding

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Aiming to provide information on the entire range of nonwoven bonding and converting technologies, the agenda for the inaugural Converting and Bonding (CAB) 2012 Conference includes sessions ranging from Machinery Technology to Market Applications as part of the three-day event, set for April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.

The CAB Conference, which has its roots in the highly successful Needlepunch Conference organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, now encompasses all bonding technologies plus the addition of converting, The new conference will cover the entire range of nonwoven bonding technologies, including needlepunch, spunlace, chemical, spray, foam, powder, stitch, thermal, through-air and ultrasonic.

Highlights of CAB 2012

  • The latest converting applications using ultrasonic, coating, laminating, , and laser technologies
  • New market opportunities and applications in medical, military, alternative energy, automotive, geotextiles, building/construction, protective barriers and more
  • New capabilities in converting
  • Machinery technology – needle punch
  • Bonding and Converting tutorials
  • Innovations in thermal and other bonding technologies
  • Latest trends and developments in sustainability, raw materials and governmental affairs (more…)

A New Coverall Protecting User and Flame Resistant Garment

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

DuPont has long been associated with heat and flame resistant solutions with DuPont™ Nomex® and chemical protection with DuPont™ Tyvek®. Combining its expertise in both fields, DuPont has developed Proshield®
FR, a single-use, limited flame spread, chemical protective coverall, designed to be worn over a flame resistant garment, thus protecting the wearer from limited exposure to flames and chemicals as well as protecting the reusable
flame resistant garment itself.

DuPont™ ProShield® FR is a hooded protective coverall made from a flame-retardant SMS nonwoven fabric. It is typically used, depending on chemical toxicity and exposure levels, for protection against particles (type 5), limited
liquid splashes or sprays of non-flammable liquids (type 6) and in applications where personal protective equipment (PPE) offering limited heat and flame protection is required. Worn over a flame-resistant Index 2 or-3 protective  garment, Proshield® FR protects from light chemical spray (unpressurised) and aerosol, particulates, dirt and grime, and thus extends the life of the garment. DuPont™ Proshield® FR is made from a non-halogenated flame-retardant non-woven fabric, meaning it is free of substances that can cause health concerns for the wearer according to current
chemical and toxicological assessments. Proshield® FR also benefits from an antistatic treatment on both sides of the garment (the garment is compatible for explosive zones). (more…)

Buckeye Technologies Slips To Q2 Loss

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

( – Cellulose-based specialty products maker Buckeye Technologies, Inc. (BKI) reported Tuesday a loss for the second quarter compared to a profit last year, hurt by significant impairment charges. Meanwhile, adjusted earnings per share grew, reflecting better margins and revenue growth amid higher selling prices and increased specialty wood fibers shipment volume, and topped analysts’ expectations, while quarterly revenues trailed their estimates.

“The key drivers of year over year improvements continue to be strong markets and selling prices, better capacity utilization at our Memphis specialty cotton fibers plant, and benefits from our cost improvement initiatives,” Chairman and CEO John Crowe said in a statement.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based fibers and non-woven materials maker reported a net loss of $5.36 million or $0.14 per share for the second quarter, compared to net income of $16.74 million or $0.42 per share in the prior-year quarter. (more…)

2011 was an awarding year for INDA

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The WOW Innovation Award was presented to Sani-Cloth AF Germicidal Disposable Wipe, a new generation disinfectant product by Professional Disposables International at the 2011 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Atlanta in June.INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been busy during the past year recognizing the “best of the best” in its awards competitions and special events.

In addition to honouring a number of successful consumer and industrial products that are making an impact in the world of nonwovens, INDA also recognized some of the most influential executives in the business with lifetime and service awards.

Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as part of the VISION Consumer Products Conference in January, running through the inaugural RISE Durable Awards this autumn, and concluding with the Best Booths competition at the recently concluded Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition, INDA has made it a priority to recognize excellence and extra effort by companies and individuals in developing, producing and marketing the products that are driving the nonwovens industry into the future.

“It is vital that the excellent work being done in our industry by both INDA member companies and non-members be recognized by their peers and celebrated by the entire industry,” says Rory Holmes, President of INDA. (more…)

Lenzing takes action against violation of Lyocell patents

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
January 20, 2012 (Austria)
Lenzing AG, the global market leader for man-made cellulose fibers and the world’s only large-scale industrial provider of Lyocell/TENCEL fibers, is taking legal action against the violation of its Lyocell patents.

A preliminary but not yet legally binding injunction has been imposed on the Austrian engineering firm One-A Engineering Austria GmbH. Accordingly, One-A is prohibited from using the Lyocell spinning technology which has been patented by Lenzing and is thus protected by law.

One-A is owned by four previous Lenzing-Lyocell employees, and received an engineering contract from the Chinese company Baoding Swan Ltd. The corresponding evidence to back this claim was obtained within the context of a search warrant ordered by the Vienna Commercial Court and executed at the offices of One-A Engineering Austria GmbH.

Lenzing is the owner of process patents, in which, after the forming procedure in the spinning device, the Lyocell spinning solution is released into an air gap of a special gas or air stream. This is what enables the constant and high quality of Lyocell fibers.

As a consequence of the patents, the protected production processes may not be used without Lenzing’s express approval. Similarly, the fibers manufactured in accordance with this process may not be used, offered for sale or sold without the consent of Lenzing. (more…)

Miles Roberts of DS Smith Named RISI’s 2012 European CEO of the Year

Friday, January 20th, 2012

BRUSSELS, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, has named Mr. Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive of DS Smith, as the 2012 European CEO of the Year.


Mr. Roberts was chosen as the RISI European CEO of the Year by a group of investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European pulp and paper industry. The analysts responded to a survey organized by RISI and the criteria for nomination included leadership, vision and strategic accomplishment. Mr. Roberts was selected as the winner due to his significant achievements and overall leadership of DS Smith.

Specifically noted in his nomination by a number of analysts was the business strategy that will give a significant return to shareholders with one analyst commenting: “DS Smith is one of the few companies in the sector that has a good recent track record of generating value with returns greater than capital cost”, whilst another commented on the company’s “excellent integration of French producer Otor, as well as its exiting of non-core business areas, such as its recent sell off of Spicers, giving share holders a clear strategy for growth”.  (more…)

Jay Chemical launches digital textile printing inks

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
January 18, 2012 (India)
Jay Chemical Industries Ltd (JCIL), one of the largest reactive dyes producers in the world and a market leader in the Indian market, has launched digital textile printing inks in the Indian market.

The digital textile printing ink – ‘Antelos’ was launched at the recently concluded Asia Interdye Exhibition in Ahmedabad. This was followed by seminars in Ahmedabad and Surat, which were well-attended by eminent experts from the industry.

Jay Chemical which has a strong international presence and an annual sales turnover of US $75 million sells its products under the names of Jakofix and Jakazol.

At the beginning of 2010, Jay Chemical set up a wholly owned subsidiary in Germany in the name of Solunaris GmbH, to manufacture and market digital textile printing inks.

Today, Solunaris GmbH successfully produces and markets ‘Antelos R’ reactive inks for digital printing on cotton, viscose, linen and silk and ‘Antelos A’ acid inks for digital printing on silk, polyamide and wool. (more…)

Neil Ashe to head online business of Walmart

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
anuary 18, 2012 (United States of America)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc announced that Neil Ashe, 44, is the new president and CEO of the company’s Global eCommerce business. Ashe was most recently president of CBS Interactive, where he led all online properties and also drove development of new ways to distribute programming produced by the media giant and its subsidiaries.

Ashe is replacing Eduardo Castro-Wright who announced his pending retirement in September and will assist in the transition.

“E-commerce is a great opportunity for us and we have a long-term vision to win,” said Mike Duke, Walmart’s president and CEO. “We are on track to create the next generation of e-commerce, combining the latest in online innovations with physical stores to give our customers a unique and seamless shopping experience.”

“We have an understanding of what these customers want, a trusted brand, 200 million weekly shoppers, more than 10,000 stores around the world, and the ability to make significant investments in talent and technology. We also have successful online businesses, including in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Brazil. With all of this, it is clear that Walmart is the best- positioned retailer to deliver this multi-channel experience to consumers, many of whom are already connected to the world through smart phones and social media.”

Duke continued, “With his strong personal leadership skills, financial background and experience in successfully working within a major corporation to lead its Internet division, Neil is the ideal leader to help us build this business. He has led companies through all stages of growth and maturity. He also has a deep understanding of the interactive space and how to attract and convert online customers. Perhaps most importantly, much of Neil’s professional success has come through close collaboration and shared goals with his peers – a key attribute as we continue to integrate our online businesses across the company and with our physical stores.” (more…)

Biofelt absorbable scaffold for implant devices

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

17 January 2012, Warwick, RI

Biomedical textiles developer and manufacturer Biomedical Structures (BMS), has launched Biofelt an absorbable nonwovens based scaffold for implant devices for use in orthopaedics, cardiology, general surgery and other in vivo applications.

Biofelt’s unique nonwoven structure is said to provide a fibrous matrix platform that enables natural tissue in-growth in surgical applications. Composed of felt created by a carding and needle punch process, Biofelt is said to provide greater surface area than most other biomedical textiles to bring a different set of benefits to implantables – most notably, the ability to encourage cellular in-growth through specific spacing, layer thickness, and material integrity allows for customized performance and controlled absorption profiles.

Produced from PGA (Polyglycolic Acid), PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid) and copolymers such as PLGA (co-polylactic acid/glycolic acid), Biofelt can be used as a component of medical devices or surgical systems with the benefit of bio-absorbability. (more…)