Medical, Health & Hygiene
The latest technology, applications, and advancements in the sewn products industry will be presented by experts and leaders during the Texprocess Americas Symposium that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, concurrently with the exhibition.
Developed to address the needs of the sewn products industry, the Symposium will contain ten sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics.
Twenty innovative sustainable drinking water systems called ‘GreenSource. Sports for Water’, produced using the high-grade synthetic turf and geotextiles by TenCate, will be installed in South Africa, with The Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland (AMMON) foundation monitoring the innovation.
The Sustainable Water Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has commissioned Pentair, TenCate and Wavin jointly to work on the project that to be realised in the South African province of North West, with the support of the local contractors, such as the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Mmapula Community Development.
At recent conferences, I’ve become aware that European manufacturers of manmade fibres, nonwovens and technical textiles are starting to resent the many hoops they’re now obliged to jump through in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations – as well as pressure from NGOs – that don’t apply elsewhere in the world.
The evolving bioplastics industry is a case in point.
Coca Cola’s development of Bio-PET 30 is a revolutionary concept that has kick-started a scramble towards so-called ‘drop-in’ polymers as the basis for a new ‘non-synthetic’ fibres chain, as well as one for plastics.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have agreed to work together to reduce the burden of non-flushable disposable products in the wastewater system.
To assist companies with product flushability assessments and to provide guidance on proper labelling, INDA and its European counterpart, EDANA, recently released a Code of Practice for manufacturers and marketers of wipes and other disposable nonwoven products that includes a detailed decision tree to determine the proper labelling of a product.
“Everything that can be invented has been invented” is a comment often attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. He never said any such thing, of course but some did express similar ideas over the years… As it turned out, everything had not yet been invented. And innovators, including those in technical textiles, have led the way in making our lives and products so much better…
SK Capital, a private investment firm with a focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors, is expected to close the acquisition of the Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses from Clariant by the end of this month.
The three divisions will be combined into an integrated, market-focused company Archroma, with the new senior leadership team formed by SK Capital to work closely with the current heads of the three business units to ensure a smooth transition to an independent consolidated company.
The latest research, technology, applications, and the overall direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by experts and leaders from around the world during the Techtextil North America Symposium that will be held from 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain twelve sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics from new fibre technology, intelligent textiles, medical research and application, nanotechnology real world applications, protective and military, high performance fibres and fabrics for sports and outdoor to nonwoven advancements.
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, is once again amongst the leaders in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Since 2004, DSM has four times ranked among the very top leaders in the sector and has six times held the worldwide sustainability leader position in the Materials industry group.
Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: "We are very proud to once again be amongst the leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At DSM, sustainability has evolved beyond compliance or corporate social responsibility. For several years now, it has been a business driver based on our core values, contributing to our mission to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.”
“By integrating sustainability into how we do business and by providing products and solutions that positively contribute to solutions to the world's current and future challenges, we are creating value for all stakeholders."
Ahlstrom, a leading high performance fibre based materials company, has lowered its full-year guidance for net sales and operating profit.
The decision comes due to lower than expected sales volumes as demand has continued to be soft in Ahlstrom's key markets in Europe and North America.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has appointed Morris T. Collins, Jr. as Director of Member Relations, a new position at INDA, aimed to help expand INDA’s reach into all areas of the nonwoven engineered fabrics industry.
“The Director of Member Relations is a new position and important to INDA’s strategic objective of growing membership across all of the nonwoven verticals,” commented Dave Rousse, INDA’s President.
“This new role will allow us to significantly increase our direct engagement with industry members, and use that point of view to shape INDA programme and event content to better serve all industry sectors. Morris has the personal and professional skills to do this and we are excited about his decision to join INDA.”