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Czech Republic’s PFNonwovens announces expansion in South Africa
Czech Republic’s PFNonwovens announces expansion in South Africa

31st Aug 2021

PFNonwovens, Czech Republic’s nonwoven fabrics producer with operations in Europe, USA, and Africa, is expanding its Cape Town site in South Africa. PFN has committed to invest at least R600 million in order to further develop its manufacturing facility, which will lead to the creation of up to 40 new jobs. The new capacity is planned for the end of...

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Swiss Textile Machinery member firms launch new nonwovens technologies

26th Aug 2021

Leading Swiss Textile Machinery firms Autefa, Rieter’s subsidiary Graf, and Uster Technologies have launched innovative technologies in the booming nonwovens sector. Swissmem is the leading association for SMEs and large companies in Switzerland’s mechanical and electrical engineering (MEM) industries and related technology-oriented sectors.

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Michigan University recycles polymers from diapers into adhesives

13th Aug 2021

Scientists in the University of Michigan have developed a process to untangle absorbent polymers in diapers and recycle them into materials similar to the gooey adhesives used in sticky notes and bandages. This has the potential to prevent tonnes of waste. The superabsorbent material in diapers is made up of a matrix of polymers that expand in dampness.

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SACTWU secures 5.5% wage hike for South African nonwoven sector

10th Aug 2021

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), affiliated with Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), has settled its 2021-2022 wage negotiations in the nonwoven textile sub-sector to secure a 5.5 per cent wage hike for its members. The backdated agreement is effective for a 12-month period until June 30, 2022.

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3-ply masks up to 80% effective against smaller viruses: US research

9th Aug 2021

A Texas Tech University's professor has shown that commercially available three-ply masks are up to 80 per cent effective in protecting individuals against smaller viral particles, similar in size to coronavirus. Three-ply masks filter out 60-80 per cent of simulated viral particles between 150 and 30 nanometres in diameter, respectively, his research...

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US’ Owens Corning takes over Vliepa

6th Aug 2021

Owens Corning has bought vliepa, which specialises in the coating, printing and finishing of nonwovens, paper and film for the building materials industry. The acquisition expands Owens Corning’s significant global nonwovens portfolio to better serve European customers and accelerate growth of building and construction market applications in the region.

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Swiss firm Sanitized names Michael Luthi as new CEO

4th Aug 2021

Michael Luthi, a member of the founding family, has been named the CEO of the Switzerland-based Sanitized company group, a producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles. He will take over the position from Urs Stalder, who will join the administrative board after working for the company for over 30 years.

EDANA & INDA launch the 2021 edition of nonwovens standard procedures

3rd Aug 2021

EDANA and INDA, the leading global nonwovens associations, have jointly announced the launch of the 2021 edition of standard procedures for the nonwovens and related industries. These nonwovens standard procedures help technically define the nonwovens industry, with specifiers for the properties, composition, and specifications of its products.

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UK firm TFP to open new manufacturing line to boost nonwoven capacity

30th Jul 2021

UK-based Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has announced a new manufacturing line to significantly increase its nonwoven capacity in response to increasing demand for the company’s advanced nonwovens across all markets. New infrastructure will be installed to house the line and warehousing extended to support the increase in product and raw materials.

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