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Recreating the womb

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

article thumbnailA smart textile ‘artificial uterus’ is being developed by scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, who aim to recreate the environment and sensory stimulation of a mother’s womb in an incubator.  Around 50,000 babies are born prematurely in Germany every year and some need intensive medical care in incubators for weeks or even months.  It has been known for some time, however, that these premature babies miss the spatial confinement and prenatal sensory stimuli of the womb.  This can have significant consequences for them later in life – many go...



September 2014

China's incredible journey

At the 1st Asia Disposable Hygiene and Personal Care Products Summit in Shanghai, the astonishing growth of China’s spunmelt nonwovens industry in just 20 years was underlined.
There was also evidence presented – and hotly contested during discussions – that China is now surging ahead in some areas of both sustainable development and intellectual property rights, contrary to common perceptions in the West.
In 1995 China’s GDP per capita was just US$1,500 and has now rocketed to around $10,000, and still growing. In 1985 the penetration of femcare products was around 30% and has consequently risen to above 90%. Diapers were virtually unheard of in China in 1995 but are now approaching the 50% penetration mark.
In parallel, Chinese spunmelt production has climbed from virtually zero in 1995 to approaching two million tons today.

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The big debate at Dornbirn

Monday, 21 July 2014

article thumbnailAmong keynote speakers at the 53rd Dornbirn Man-Made Fibre Congress – which takes place from September 1-12 2014 in Austria –will be Frédéric van Houte of CIRFS and Pierre Wiertz of...

Partners see big market for DuraPulp

Thursday, 17 July 2014

article thumbnailA paper product that can carry the weight of an adult and be composted within 100 days has emerged from Sweden to compete as a lightweight, sustainable alternative to plastics and composites.  ...


Ten questions for...

Thursday, 03 July 2014

article thumbnail...Nina Kopola, President & CEO, Suominen

€400,000 annual savings...

Thursday, 03 July 2014

article thumbnailThe UK’s RHL (Richard Hough Ltd.) has achieved a massive coup with the commissioning of a viscose staple fibre plant in Fujian, China, in which all four production lines are equipped with the...


A first for flax

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

article thumbnailIt’s not often that a bio-sourced composite outperforms all the affordable competition in a structural application but this is the case with FibriCard. Developed by EcoTechnilin, headquartered in...

Finishing flair

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

article thumbnailMicrofibre expertise, advanced finishing technology and an endlessly inventive R & D team combine to give Italy’s Orsa a highly differentiated lead in the nonwovens industry.   As part of...


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