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TTNet World News 10 March 2020

Nonwoven veil protects composite utility poles from fire An intumescent nonwoven veil from Technical Fibre Products is being used by Valmont Industries in the manufacture of its composite transmission and distribution poles. Read more FREE CONTENT: Adient to sell fabrics business to Sage Automotive Interiors Vehicle-seating supplier Adient has entered into an agreement to sell its automotive fabrics manufacturing business to Asahi Kasei subsidiary Sage Automotive Interiors for US$175 million. Read more High-technology solutions to tackle age-old preoccupations The terms “Industry 4.0” and “digitisation” were heard routinely throughout the last staging of ITMA, but the terms can have different meanings for different developers, even among Germany’s machine builders, who arguably lead the drive to exploit such concepts to create the manufacturing plants of the future. Adrian Wilson takes a closer look. Read more Re-useable oil filter is made from reinforced thermoplastic The world’s first re-usable plastic spin-on oil-filter module for cars has been developed by BASF and Hengst. Read more FREE CONTENT: Research centre will evaluate toxicity of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances The Center for Environmental and Human Health Effects of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) is to be established by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, USA. Read more Tesca announces its acquisition of Willy Schmitz Automotive-textiles and seating-components manufacturer Tesca has bought Tuchfabrik Willy Schmitz, also a supplier of automotive fabrics, for an undisclosed sum. Read more Bicomponent fibre for soft cushioned nonwovens Beaulieu Fibres International will introduce a bicomponent fibre for soft cushioned hygiene nonwovens at Index20, which is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 20–23 October 2020. Read more FESPA 2020 postponed FESPA Global Print Expo is the latest major exhibition to be postponed as a result of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more Karl Mayer to purchase Stoll Karl Mayer Group has finalised an agreement to buy flat-knitting machinery manufacturer Stoll. Read more Graphene additives produce high-strength cement Graphene additives from First Graphene have been shown to increase the strength of cement mortar significantly, enabling the construction of lighter and more environmentally friendly buildings and civil engineering structures. Read more Rising demand for disposable nonwoven products following coronavirus outbreak Producers and converters of disposable nonwovens are responding to increased demand for protective apparel and facemasks in China and other countries following the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more Composite components for sustainable nuclear fusion reactors The role that non-metallic composites can play in the manufacture of nuclear fusion reactors is being explored by the UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) and Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). Read more Cardinal Health recalls 9.1 million disposable gowns Working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cardinal Health has voluntarily recalled 9.1 million surgical gowns that may have been contaminated at a manufacturing plant in China. Read more Index 20 postponed until October Following an ordinance of the Swiss Federal Council brought into force on 28 February that prohibits events bringing together more than 1000 people, the organisers of Index20 have announced it has been postponed until 20-23 October 2020, still in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more Merger of three specialist fibre suppliers Three fibre suppliers specialising in technical textiles have merged to form a new company, FibrXL, which is based in Almere and Beek, The Netherlands, and Richmond, Virginia, USA. Read more USA seeks international consensus for fibre names An agency of the US Federal Government has proposed amending existing legislation concerning the generic names of fibres in order to bring it into line with international standards. Read more A different class—carbon composites research at Ford Motor Co There has been a flurry of activity in the past decade as carmakers and composites specialists have sought to develop technologies that would enable the widescale use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics in the automotive industry. As Ford Motor Co has found in pioneering work, however, these lightweight materials might best be employed as part of a multimaterial approach to part production. Composites Editor James Bakewell takes-up the story. Read more Original product design is a key to successful recycling of textile containers A Vienna, Austria-based machinery manufacturer has devised an holistic scheme that aims to put an end to unnecessary waste generated by the use of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), also known as “big bags”. Read more Lightweight headrest made from glass fibre-reinforced polypropylene A lightweight composite headrest for a child’s car seat that is simple to produce has been developed by a consortium of companies in Germany and Poland. Read more Concerns over the state of the German composites industry Composites manufacturers in Germany continue to be dissatisfied with the current business environment there, according to a half-yearly survey conducted by Berlin-based Composites Germany. Read more

Infinited Fiber expansion remains ‘on track’

ESPOO – Plans are said to be ‘on track’ for Infinited Fiber to launch its new pre-industrial scale facility in Finland, which will allow it to make ten times more textile fibres from cotton, cardboard and agricultural waste than it currently produces at its pilot plant. Located in Valkeakoski in southern Finland, the new facility is anticipated to go live in the second or third quarter of this year, according to Infinited Fiber’s chief marketing officer Ann Sarimo in a conversation with Ecotextile News at the recent Première Vision in Paris. “Earlier this year we completed our first continuous production run over 24 hours, which was very successful – we’re on track, and planning to launch the new facility this summer with a commercial roll out of fibre production sometime in 2022,” she told us. The new facility will have an annual fibre capacity of 500 tonnes – up from the current 50 tonnes of fibre the company is currently making at its pilot-scale facility in Espoo. The company showed a range of new fabrics made with its fibre – including denim – at the Paris trade show. In the past, it’s fibres have been described as being halfway between cotton and viscose in terms of their properties. 

Infinited Fiber expansion remains ‘on track’

ESPOO – Plans are said to be ‘on track’ for Infinited Fiber to launch its new pre-industrial scale facility in Finland, which will allow it to make ten times more textile fibres from cotton, cardboard and agricultural waste than it currently produces at its pilot plant. Located in Valkeakoski in southern Finland, the new facility is anticipated to go live in the second or third quarter of this year, according to Infinited Fiber’s chief marketing officer Ann Sarimo in a conversation with Ecotextile News at the recent Première Vision in Paris. “Earlier this year we completed our first continuous production run over 24 hours, which was very successful – we’re on track, and planning to launch the new facility this summer with a commercial roll out of fibre production sometime in 2022,” she told us. The new facility will have an annual fibre capacity of 500 tonnes – up from the current 50 tonnes of fibre the company is currently making at its pilot-scale facility in Espoo. The company showed a range of new fabrics made with its fibre – including denim – at the Paris trade show. In the past, it’s fibres have been described as being halfway between cotton and viscose in terms of their properties. 

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