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Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress presentation 2019

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to hamper the fiber community with restrictions on travel and public gatherings, the 59th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress was, for the first time, held virtually. Opening the congress, Austrian Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology Leonore Gewessler stressed the importance of the circular economy. She noted …

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Woven nets provide protection for blueberry crops

The coronavirus pandemic could see around 265 million people suffering from acute hunger by the end of the year unless swift action is taken to ensure food supply chains keep running, according to the World Food Programme. This represents a doubling of the 130 million estimated to suffer from food shortages in 2019. The COVID-19 …

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Adizero X Parley sports shoe from Adidas.

Not so long ago, sustainability was the buzzword in the fiber industry with several companies announcing progress in terms of recycling or using bio-based alternatives. The hope is that the coronavirus crisis will provide the catalyst for developing more sustainable supply chains going forward. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced fashion retailers to drastically reduce costs …

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Bale wrapping using Durapack polypropylene packaging textiles from Beaulieu Technical Textiles

The use of technical textiles is quietly expanding in the US$850 billion global packaging market – an industry that is on the verge of a transformation with the arrival of new technologies and innovative and sustainable materials. The packaging industry involves goods or products that are contained, carried, stored and/or protected. The sector includes flexible …

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The XiM20 concept car from YFAI

With the global automotive industry facing unprecedented change over the next few decades, suppliers of automotive textiles, including nonwovens and composites, are being challenged to realign their strategies as these major market transformations unfold. As well as advances in electrification, one of the key drivers is the effort to commercialize self-driving vehicles – it is …

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