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Suominen of Helsinki, Finland, has introduced a trio of products to its range of biodegradable, plant-based nonwovens (Biolace).  

Global demand for nonwovens for medical applications will be worth US$2.49 billion in 2020 as healthcare providers battle the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, according to

Sandler has donated a professorship worth €600 000 to Hof University of Applied Science’s Nonwoven Development Center (VEZ) in Münchberg, Germany. 

Solvay Group of Brussels, Belgium, has launched an antiviral and antibacterial polyamide (PA) yarn.

A superabsorbent polymer (SAP) that can absorb liquid rapidly and retain it, preventing leakage, has been developed by Nippon Shokubai of Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. 

A flame-retardant (FR) carpet for aviation applications is the first to be produced using a binder made from recycled material, according to its developers. 

A German–Dutch consortium is developing industrial methods that will enable clothing made from blends of natural and synthetic fibres to be recycled and converted into yarns and woven fabrics for u

An intumescent nonwoven veil from Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has been shown to enable composites manufactured from a conventional carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy prepreg to pass key elements of a

A range of bio-based reactive hot-melt adhesives for the laminating of textiles has been launched by Jowat of Detmold, Germany. 

Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) Ltd is to supply a pair of lines to Senbis Polymer Innovations for the development and production of fibres and yarns.   

In a short space of time, three companies have developed the technologies and established the infrastructure necessary for the production of face masks, the authenticity of which can be quickly con

A pair of knitting machines – one of which can be used to produce ear loops for face masks – has been launched by Comez of Cilavegna, Italy. 

Central National of Purchase, New York, USA, is to start selling and distributing fibres and nonwovens made from such as viscose and lyocell. 

A fully automatic production line for the production of multi-layered disposable face masks has been launched by PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

A range of fibres (Naiaä Renew) produced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics has been launched by Eastman of Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

A variety of nonwovens will be the first for the hygiene industry to be produced from certified recycled plastics, according to one of their developers, SABIC of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

3M of St Paul, Minnesota, USA, has launched an aggressive legal effort to stop those attempting to take advantage of the demand for its products driven by the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Sateri has opened a US$48-million centre for the research and development (R&D) of lyocell fibres in Rizhao, China. 

Smart face masks that could be used to monitor the health of their wearers by gathering data on the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they emit when they respire are being developed by Myant of Tor

In response to increasing demand for nonwovens for face masks in Europe, Freudenberg Performance Materials is to construct a new meltblowing line at its site in Kaiserslautern, Germany.