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Kelheim Fibres develops new viscose fiber Umberto for nonwoven and textile applications

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

KELHEIM, Germany, Oct. 3, 2012 (Press Release) – The R&D team of the Bavarian viscose specialities manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has developed a completely new viscose fibre named Umberto. The most remarkable thing about Umberto is its cross section – or better: cross sections. By tuning a multitude of parameters during the spinning process, Kelheim’s R&D has created a fibre with varying letter-shaped cross section.

First tests have shown the benefits of Umberto for both nonwoven and textile applications: in the nonwoven area, Umberto fibres of a certain length have achieved the best test results for the dispersibility of wet wipes. In textile applications, the different cross sections of Umberto create air pockets in the yarn which can deliver a thermal insulation effect in garments – this effect is currently being tested by a renowned institute.


National Spinning Broadens Market Reach With Acquisition Of Carolina Nonwovens

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

National Spinning Co. Inc., Washington, N.C., has acquired Lincolnton, N.C.-based Carolina Nonwovens Corp., a manufacturer of airlaid and thermobonded products for automotive, bedding, foam replacement, furniture, geotextile and insulation applications.

National Spinning, founded in 1921, is an employee-owned producer and distributor of man-made-fiber dyed and natural yarns for a range of end-uses, and operates five manufacturing facilities in various locations in North Carolina. Through its Hampton Art LLC division, it has a presence in the growing consumer craft products and scrapbooking markets. In December 2011, the company sold certain assets of its Caron International craft division to Canada-based craft yarn manufacturer and distributor Spinrite LP. According to National Spinning President and CEO James W. Chesnutt, National Spinning will continue to manufacture yarn for Spinrite, which will finish and distribute the yarn from a facility it is refurbishing in Washington.

Established in 2006, Carolina Nonwovens is now operating as a wholly owned division of National Spinning under the name Carolina Nonwovens LLC. The company is in the process of hiring a manager, and Jim Booterbaugh, vice president and general manager of National Spinning’s Yarn Division, is handling oversight of Carolina Nonwovens in the interim. Greg Gerald continues to be responsible for sales. Currently, the division has about 15 employees and produces durable nonwoven fabrics using natural, man-made and recycled fibers. Chesnutt said there are plans to install another line, possibly a needlepunch line, at the 75,000-squre-foot Lincolnton facility. (more…)

Second production line in China boosts Avgol

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Inaugurating a second production line in China helped Avgol achieve record results in 2011, though profit suffered in the last quarter of the year. The company, which makes nonwoven textiles for diapers and the like, reported a 10.6% increase in revenues for the quarter against the parallel in 2010, to $80 million. Operating profit grew 23% year over year, to $11.8 million. Quarterly net profit shrank 8% to $5 million, Avgol reported, mainly due to taxes; in the fourth quarter of 2010, in contrast, the company received a tax refund. Avgol reported a record turnover for 2011, up 19% from 2010, to $330 million. Operating profit increased by 16% to $41.3 million, and net profit grew 12% to $22.7 million. Company chieftain Shlomo Liran attributed the double-digit growth to the new production line in China. (Vadim Sviderski )


Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market to Reach US$20.9 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Medical Nonwoven Disposables market. Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables market is projected to reach US$20.9 billion by the year 2017, propelled by rising demand from developing economies, technology advancements in nonwovens manufacturing, increase in surgical procedures, and favorable demographics.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 (more…)

Oerlikon Neumag sells staple fiber plant for geotextile production to India

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Neumünster – Oerlikon Neumaghas signed a contract for an Inline plant with 12 spinning positions for the production of staple fibers for geotextiles. The order comprises the complete machine equipment from spinning to baling including engineering and services of supervision for erection and commissioning. Start-up will be at the end of 2012.

With its Inline plants producing up to 80 tons per day, Oerlikon Neumag provides compact lines which are specialised for the needs of nonwoven producers. Less operational personnel are needed because spinning and drawing are in a single continuous process. With this plant nonwoven producers are able to complete the value chain from the production of staple fibers to needle punched nonwoven products. (more…)

Toyota Industries takes majority stake in Uster

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
February 10, 2012 (Switzerland)
The Board of Directors of Uster Technologies AG has noted that Toyota Industries Corporation has, as expected, increased its equity stake in Uster Technologies AG through the previously announced acquisition of the shares held by Groupe Alpha. On completion of this transaction, Toyota Industries Corporation will own 50.34% of all publicly owned shares in Uster Technologies AG.

The Board of Directors has also noted Toyota Industries Corporation’s confirmation that it will make a public offer for all outstanding shares in Uster Technologies AG within the statutory deadline. The independent members of the Board of Directors continue to recommend that shareholders do nothing for the time being about the announced offer, but wait until the Board delivers its official response to this offer.

The Uster Group is a leading manufacturer of products for quality control in the textile industry. The Group provides high-tech systems and services that help ensure optimization of quality at each individual stage of textile production; from the raw textile fibre, such as cotton, wool or synthetic filament yarns, to the final finished fabric.

Uster Technologies AG

Monday, December 26th, 2011

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

World Geosynthetics Market

World demand to rise 8.3% annually through 2015

Worldwide demand for geosynthetics is projected to increase 8.3 percent annually to 4.5 billion square meters in 2015. This growth rate is an acceleration from the gains of the 2005-2010 period, reflecting in part the reduced 2010 bases of the developed countries. Advances are being driven by the increasing market penetration and large-scale construction plans in place in many developing countries. (more…)

Non-woven materials offer several opportunities

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Textiles are more than everyday clothing. The car upholstery, wipes at restaurants, and personal care products are also a form of textiles. The market potential is huge for these and the Indian industries need to tap it with confidence, says C.K. Wong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Pacific Nonwovens Industry. He is involved with the non-woven industry for more than three decades and has visited India several times. During his stay in Coimbatore this week, he spoke to M. Soundariya Preetha on the non-woven and technical textiles industry and measures needed to promote its growth in India.

Non-woven is a globally young industry. With its capacity to cater to special applications, it has an exclusive market. Technical textiles, which is made from non-woven materials mainly, is similar to conventional textiles.

But, its functionality is different. Regular textiles are used for clothing, home textiles, decorations, bedding, etc. Technical textiles are used for a special function. Non-wovens are replacing the use of conventional textiles in many areas as these cost less, are more convenient to use, serves the purpose and can be tailor-made. Product ideas for non-wovens come in every day. Yet, no product is phased out. However, this will not reduce the use of regular textiles. (more…)

Ahlstrom takes stake in Porous Power

Monday, December 12th, 2011
porous Ahlstrom is to invest in Porous Power Technologies, a Colorado, US-based company developing technology for lithium-ion battery separators.Together, the two companies will offer a new generation of separator solutions for safer batteries and capacitors in electric-drive vehicles, e-bikes, portable electronics and utility-grade storage products.
Porous Power’s current separator products are already being evaluated by battery manufacturers around the world. The products for electric vehicles will be commercially available in larger volume at a later stage.
Battery separators, which keep the positive and negative electrodes (anode and cathode) from touching each other and short-circuiting, are vitally important in the performance and safety of electric vehicles. Ahlstrom has been developing lightweight nonwoven materials for lithium-ion membrane separators since 2008 and has worked closely with Porous Power for several years.

Ahlstrom will subscribe for approximately 49% of the shares in Porous Power while the remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the current owners. Ahlstrom has an option to acquire the remaining shares at a later stage.

According to industry analysts, the overall market for lithium-ion battery separators is expected to grow to US$2.5 billion in 2020, mainly driven by the demand for electric vehicles.

“We are seeking growth opportunities in unique products, both in our existing businesses as well as in new technologies,” said Jan Lång, Ahlstrom’s president and CEO. “Porous Power’s membrane technology has high potential and is a good fit with our technology base. Ahlstrom will use its extensive know-how and experience in the automotive industry to respond to the market needs in the fast-evolving electric vehicle business.”



New Garnett-e-Controls system launched at ITMA

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
September 29, 2011 (Spain)
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) launched their new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery at ITMA, Spain aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems.

Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company’s principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens, as well as an increasingly wide spectrum of applications both inside and outside the textile sector. Reduction of energy consumption within a plant is a key attribute of the new Garnett-e- Controls system with a number of recent installations returning high savings.

The launch of the latest generation of fibre weight control systems complimented the new operator control interfaces in Barcelona. The new Microweigh XL8+ is the most accurate and advanced card feeding system for carding and technical nonwoven applications including medical textiles where the latest GAMP standards are applicable. (more…)