Archive for April, 2012

Developments in polymer composites

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In line with the general spirit of optimism and industry growth at the event, presenters at ACMA’s technical conference shared some insights on current research and development efforts. American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) annual exhibition and convention was held in February 2012. A few of the highlights as per Compositesworld.com:
Ashland Performance Materials highlighted its new strategic alliance with Acell in North America to promote Acell’s sheet molding compound (SMC)-based sandwich panel processing technology, and its Hetron FR 650T-20 resin, developed in response to the need for a versatile, high-performance fire retardant polyester. The new high-strength resin is a low-viscosity, promoted, thixotropic polyester with exceptional fire retardant properties. According to the company, properly fabricated laminates made with Hetron FR 650T-20 resin can achieve Class I flame spread rating in ASTM E-84 testing without the use of antimony synergists. The resin is suitable for hand lay-up, spray-up and filament winding applications. It exhibits excellent wet out properties and low drainage when applied to vertical surfaces. Its flame retardant properties make it especially attractive for use in mass transit, architectural, electrical and ducting applications.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC emphasized its polyurethanes, focusing on the process flexibility of this material. Dominating the booth was a large (121 ft2/11.2 m2) combine roof module, molded by Romeo RIM using its new long-fiber injection press from KraussMaffei. Also on display was a composite wind turbine root ring, two prototype airfoils and a high-pressure hydrogen storage tank, molded via resin transfer molding (RTM) and resin infusion. (more…)

First Line Technology awarded U.S. Army contract for Joint Sensitive Equipment Wipes

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

First Line Technology, LLC, the 2012 National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Success Story Winner, announced that the company was awarded a contract for Joint Sensitive Equipment Wipes (JSEW) from the Army Contracting Command in support of the Decontamination Family of Systems Program. The JSEWs from First Line contain FiberTect®, an activated carbon wipe for dry decontamination.

The Army is testing JSEWs for decontamination capabilities for sensitive equipment, such as weapons system optics and electronic equipment, as well as vehicles, hard shelters that have been exposed to chemical agents/contamination. (more…)

First ever mass-producible aramid nanofiber from Teijin

Friday, April 27th, 2012


Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibers, announced its development of the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofiber to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality. Until now, aramid nanofibers have been produced only in laboratories, so this first commercially viable product represents a significant step forward in the evolution of this promising new material.

Teijin Techno Products’ nanofiber, which is uniformly sized with a diameter of just several hundred nanometers is based on Teijin’s proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant meta-aramid. It will be marketed in the form of nonwoven sheet for separators in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Commercial production is targeted at 2014. (more…)

Economic Recovery to Rekindle Sales in the Global Textile Machinery Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on the ‘Textile Machinery’ market. The global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$22.9 billion by the year 2017. Major factors driving growth in the textile machinery market include economic recovery post recession, rising demand for nonwoven disposable textile products, increasing demand from emerging regions, especially Asia-Pacific, and rising demand for environmentally friendly fibers.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn – Textile machinery refers to machinery used in the production processes of yarn, thread, cloth fabric and the finishing processes involved in developing fabrics. New equipment purchases remain the key growth driver to the market, which in turn is dependent upon the economic cycles. The market continues to witness a shift from conventional machinery that requires availability of cheap labor to more sophisticated machinery that enables quality enhancements to the final product. Price, flexibility and versatility comprise the determining factors for new equipment purchases. As such, the market is witnessing emergence of more efficient machines, at competitive prices, thanks to rapid technological advances in the textile machinery industry. End-users are increasingly seeking complete automation solutions with enhanced flexibility that can be availed at reasonable costs. As the textile machinery is used for manufacturing home carpets and upholstery for furniture and automobiles, changing fashion trends in these markets, affect demand for textile equipment. (more…)

Buckeye’s Third Quarter FY 2012 Results

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Adjusted 3Q EPS* of $0.67 compared to $0.71 in 3Q-FY11

Includes $0.04 impact from February power outage at Florida mill

3Q Net Sales down 9% due to plant closure, divestiture and lower volume

Gross Margin of 24.3% – highest level in more than 11 years

Quarterly Dividend increased by 14% to $0.08 per share

 

Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) today announced third quarter adjusted net income* of $27.0 million or $0.67 per share, which excludes after-tax restructuring and asset impairment charges of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per share, related to the closure of the cotton linter pulp production line in Americana, Brazil and sale of its converting business in King, North Carolina, and after-tax interest expense of $0.4 million or $0.01 per share related to cellulosic biofuel credits. Adjusted net income* was down 7% as compared to the prior year period’s $29.0 million, or $0.71 per share, which excluded after tax costs of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, primarily related to accrued interest associated with cellulosic biofuel credits.

Net sales of $217 million were down $21 million or 9% versus last year’s third quarter sales of $238 million. About $11 million of the reduction in sales was related to the closure or divestiture of under-performing and non-core assets. Nonwovens sales were down $7 million or 11% year over year excluding the impact of the January 31st divestiture of the Merfin Systems converting business. The primary driver was lower shipment volume in North America. The $0.04 reduction in adjusted EPS* compared to the prior year period was the result of the power outage at the Foley specialty wood fibers mill, which the Company announced in late February. The impact of the King divestiture and Americana plant closure on adjusted EPS compared to the year ago quarter was insignificant. An overall net increase in selling prices combined with lower direct manufacturing costs mostly offset the effect of reduced shipment volume and a less favorable mix. (more…)

Dow Introduces New Experimental Fiber Grade Resin for Spunbound Hygiene and Non-Woven Applications

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Horgen, Switzerland – April 02, 2012

Committed to delivering innovative solutions for the hygiene and medical industry, Dow Europe GmbH has announced today the introduction of a new experimental linear low density polyethylene resin (LLDPE) for mono- and bi-component spunbound hygiene and non-woven applications. The new XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin is well-suited for infant diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinent articles as well as medical gowns and drapes.

The XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin extends the ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin portfolio from Dow, with a resin specifically designed to address industry demand for excellent cloth-like haptics and softness while also offering increased throughput and easy processability.

“Dow is constantly innovating to deliver resins that offer the optimum combination of comfort, fit, softness, functionality, and efficiency in hygiene and medical nonwovens,” explains Peter Heydasch, EMEA marketing director for Hygiene & Medical, Dow Performance Plastics. “We also believe that to help deliver exceptional end products, we must be closely connected with all members of the value chain to better understand the demands that drive the marketplace.”

The new experimental resin is a good example of Dow’s collaboration with the value chain resulting in an enhanced resin that can deliver a fine balance of softness and tensile strength much needed in today’s hygiene and nonwoven applications.

Due to its optimized molecular design combined with a formulated stabilization package, the new XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin offers converters an excellent spinnability for longer production runs. Brand owners can benefit from the resin’s enhanced softness and drapeability for a remarkable comfort in the final product. The solution also has a high tensile elongation that allows for desired stretch and tear resistance.

Used as a mono-component spunbound application, XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin delivers remarkable nonwoven softness; while as a bi-component the nonwoven features are widened offering excellent conformability. The resin can be also used in a bi-component staple fiber application, combined with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) or Polypropylene (PP) in bonding fibers for applications that require air-through bonding.

ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin is a polyethylene-based material for hygiene nonwoven articles, well-suited for both mono-component and bi-component fiber applications. ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resins offer excellent cloth-like haptics for unparalleled comfort as well as exceptional processability for production efficiencies.

For more information about XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin, ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin and Dow’s full product portfolio for the hygiene and medical industry, please visit www.dow.com/performanceplastics/hygiene.

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Trützschler acquires winder specialist

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With the acquisition of Bastian Winder Technologies, Trützschler Nonwovens will now be able to offer complete nonwoven plants – from staple fibre spinning to winding – from a single source.

“The technologically outstanding products of Bastian supplement our product programme so that we can now offer the customer a perfect solution down to the winder,” says Marc Wolpers, managing director of Trützschler Nonwovens. “Customer will no longer have to worry about interfaces, but will receive a perfectly aligned solution.”

As BastianTrützschler Nonwovens, the acquired company will continue to offer winders for nonwovens, film, paper and composites which, along with the correct slitting system, are essential to both final product quality and plant productivity.

Sappi To Convert Minnesota Pulp Mill For Chemical Cellulose Production

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

South Africa-based Sappi Ltd. — a wood pulp and paper producer with operations in South Africa, the United States and Europe; a joint venture in China; and sales offices worldwide — is investing $170 million to convert its Sappi Fine Paper North America kraft pulp mill in Cloquet, Minn., for production of chemical cellulose that will be processed into rayon for textile applications such as fabrics and disposable nonwoven products. Construction is set to begin this month, and completion is anticipated in May 2013. Once converted, the mill is expected to produce 330,000 metric tons of chemical cellulose annually.

Cloquet Mill, established in 1898, underwent a major upgrade in the 1990s. According to Mike Schultz, project director in charge of the conversion, it is the most modern pulp mill in North America and produces pulp using batch cooking technology, which is suited for making chemical cellulose, rather than continuous cooking, another pulp-making technology that is not suitable for making chemical cellulose. “We will still have the ability to make kraft pulp if we choose to, but the intent will be to begin producing chemical cellulose as quickly as we can and produce as much as the market will support,” he said. (more…)

Wall coverings have come back in style

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

By Elaine Markoutsas

Universal UClick

Walls most often serve as a quiet backdrop for furnishings in a space. But enough of that. Today’s walls are talking — softly or boldly — with conviction, even though the most uber-fashionable ones are undercover.

Cladding the walls is hot in home decor. Even modernists confronted with bland, boxy, detail-void architecture are considering a bit of wall dressing — for texture, sheen, sparkle and, yes, pattern.

As a decorative tour de force, wallpaper has waxed and waned in popularity since its introduction in Europe in the 16th century. At the high end, rich grass cloths, hand-painted papers and murals, even fabric stretched on walls have long been in the arsenal of upscale interior designers, whose clients appreciate the character. They lend warmth and sophistication, so never mind the expense.

Some innovative companies such as Maya Romanoff have long pushed the envelope with the enormous potential of wallpaper, with handmade rice papers (the Chinese glued rice paper to their walls as early as 200 B.C.), metallic leaf, real metals, glass beads, mother of pearl, leather and wood veneers. (more…)

Development & Progress of Bioplastics Market in Asia Explored at 6th Bioplastics Markets on 23-24 May, 2012 in Bangkok

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The [6th Bioplastics Markets event in Bangkok, themed “Future of Bioplastics, its New Generation Feedstocks and Emerging Applications!” aims to provide comprehensive overview on development of [sustainable feedstock supply in bioplastics, emerging sources of plant-based sugar/starch feedstock in Asia, development & progress of bioplastics market in Asia and many more.

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) April 03, 2012

A continual and increasing trend in environmentalism has boosted growth in bioplastics within Asia. The rising number of companies involved, new innovative products and expanding production capacities not only affirm bioplastics rise in Asia but augur well for Thailand’s plan to be a bioplastics hub!

The extraordinary growth of this industry in recent years and future project opportunities are the main highlights at CMT’s 6th Bioplastics Markets conference to be held on 23-24 May, 2012. The 1.5 day event in Bangkok, themed “Future of Bioplastics, its New Generation Feedstocks and Emerging Applications!” aims to provide comprehensive overview on development of [sustainable feedstock supply in bioplastics, emerging sources of plant-based sugar/starch feedstock in Asia, development & progress of bioplastics market in Asia and many more.

Supported by PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) as the official Host and Reception Sponsor, the program boasts an unrivalled panel of experts presenting informative plenary sessions including a keynote address by a senior executive from PTTGC.     (more…)