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Nonwovens producer Takween Advanced Industries of Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, is planning to start talks with Shandong Jofo Nonwoven of Dongying, China, regarding the sale of its subsidiary, Saudi Ara

In response to growing demand from European manufacturers of electronic and medical devices, Teijin Carbon Europe GmbH has increased production capacity by 40% for its polyamide (PA)-sized chopped

Construction work on a facility that will manufacture carbon fibre-reinforced prepregs for the primary structure of Boeing’s 777X wide-body commercial aeroplane has been completed in Al Ain, United

Toray Composite Materials America Inc (CMA) is to reduce the size of its workforce in the USA by approximately 25% as it suspends or limits activities at two if its facilities there.

Ontex Group is to begin operations at a new personal hygiene manufacturing plant in Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA, in mid-2021.

A plant that will operate a rapid-turnaround manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) model for the additive manufacturing (AM) of continuous carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts is being built by

The developer of a novel three-dimensional (3D) carbon fibre reinforcement for the production of impact-resistant and durable composites has received US$750 000 in funding from the US National Scie

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s factory in Renton, Washington, USA.

A leading manufacturer of nonwovens specialising in serving the healthcare and hygiene markets has committed to four new projects to increase its capacity significantly.

In response to the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Solvay of Brussels, Belgium, is to accelerate plans to reduce the costs and improve the productivity of its Composite Materials business un

To help meet global demand for face masks, Berry Global is to install a new line for the production of meltblown nonwovens at its facility in Berlin, Germany.  

Low & Bonar of London, UK, is to be integrated into the Performance Materials Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, now that it has been acquired by the Weinheim, Germany-based company.

Aspen Surgical Products of Caledonia, Michigan, USA, a supplier of disposable surgical products, has acquired Precept Medical Products of Arden, North Carolina, USA, a manufacturer of single-use no

A plant for the manufacture of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) from nonwovens has been set-up in just three weeks by ACG Group of Borås, Sweden.

Orders for textile machinery taken by Italian companies dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2020 owing to the outbreak of the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Association of Italia

A joint venture that will manufacture and sell face masks in Europe has been established by Austrian companies Lenzing and Palmers Textil.

Precision formatter of composites Web Industries Inc has installed a high-volume composite slitting and spooling line at its Omega Systèmes plant in Nantes, France.

Freudenberg’s acquisition of Low & Bonar PLC, announced initially in September 2019(1), has been approved by the Euro

An increase in capacity for the production of meltblown nonwovens for face masks in North America and the introduction of new media for the production of protective equipment in Europe have been an

3M has started legal proceedings against a company that it says twice attempted to sell fraudulently tens of millions of likely non-existent 3M respirators at grossly inflated prices to the federal

Machine builder Reifenhäuser Reicofil of Troisdorf, Germany, reports that it has found domestic customers for the meltblown nonwovens that, in response to the urgent global demand for face masks,

A fully automatic, high-speed converting line for the production of disposable face masks has been developed by Andritz Diatec of Collecorvino, Italy.

Industrial thread manufacturer Coats has become the latest company to join the Gerber PPE Task Force, which has been established to help companies adapt their manufacturing set-ups for the producti

In response to the increasing impact of the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the global manufacturing sector, US companies Woodward and Hexcel Corp have agreed to cancel their plans to merg

Cabot Corp of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has acquired Chinese manufacturer of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials (SUSN), for approximately US$115 million.

An Asian manufacturer of manmade fibres and polymers has invested in a meltblown system for the manufacture of nonwovens for filtration applications – primarily medical products such as face masks

Andritz is to supply Karweb Nonwovens with a complete neXline hydroentanglement (spunlace) line for the production of viscose, polyester (PES) and biodegradable wipes at its plant in Gaziantep, Tur

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will now take place on 1–3 October 2020, reports the organiser of the shows, Messe Frankfurt Inc of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Swedish start-up Smoltek, of Gothenburg, has signed an agreement with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of capacitors that will see its patented carbon nanofibre-metal-insulator-metal (CNF-M

In response to the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Institut fur Textiltechnik (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University in Germany is setting-up a registry to connect producers of face masks with

A total of 250 million medical face masks and 30–40 million personal protective equipment (PPE) masks will be needed in the European Union (EU) each month for the battle against human coronavirus (

The first call for applications by the European Smart Textiles Accelerator, SmartX Europe, has been met with a high level of interest and enthusiasm from the textile and technolog

In response to urgent global demand for face masks driven by the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Reifenhäuser Reicofil has started to produce meltblown nonwovens on its research and developm

Prominent manufacturers, suppliers and users of composites in the UK are working together to develop ventilators for the treatment of patients infected with human coronavirus (COVID-19) in the coun

Ossia of Bellevue, Washington, USA, a developer of wireless power technology for such as automotive electronics, has entered into a partnership with Saint-Gobain of Courbevoie, France.

Automotive-textiles and seating-components manufacturer Tesca has bought Tuchfabrik Willy Schmitz, also a supplier of automotive fabrics, for an undisclosed sum.

Karl Mayer Group has finalised an agreement to buy flat-knitting machinery manufacturer Stoll.

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.

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.

Zoltek of Bridgeton, Missouri, USA, is now using renewable energy for a portion of its carbon fibre production.

French engineering company Fibroline has entered into two licensing agreements in the healthcare sector.

Pharr has completed the sale of its Fibers & Yarns and Phenix Flooring divisions to Mannington Mills.

Adient and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems are to make changes to their existing relationships, one of which will see the former sell its 30% stake in Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems (YF

A company dedicated to the research and development (R&D), testing and sale of composite and multimaterial automotive components is to be established in Wuppertal, Germany, by Teijin.

Freudenberg Group has completed its acquisition of Filc, a producer of needlepunched nonwovens and laminated materials for the automotive and construction industries.

3M has completed the sale of its ballistic-protection business to Avon Rubber Plc for US$91 million.

In an effort to strengthen its marketing activities in North America, particularly in the automotive industry, Asahi Kasei has opened an office in Novi, Michigan, USA.

SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group are to extend an agreement that sees the former supply nonwoven gas-diffusion layers for use in the latter's fuel cells.

A facility for the development and manufacture of propeller systems with all-composite blades has been inaugurated in Brockworth, UK, by Dowty Propellers.

Freudenberg Group is to sell its South American Hygiene nonwovens business to Fitesa for an undisclosed sum.