Movers & Shakers – May 2021: Suominen commits to 50% increase in sustainable product sales by 2025, launching at least 10 sustainable products per year

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Student Spotlight: e-Textiles offer promising data to improve the comfort of prosthetic limbs

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Student Spotlight: Multifunctional temperature-responsive textiles

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PLA-PBS fibers coupled with Joncryl

By C. Burgstaller and B.M. Lekube, Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik, Wels, Austria, and S. Riepler and W. Hermann, IFG Asota, Linz, Austria

In this work, we investigated the suitability of a bio-based elastomer to modify polylactic acid (PLA) towards more elasticity, in combination with a reactive coupling agent. We found that this is possible in general, but the processing of the materials has to be carried out with care so as not to locally cross-link the materials, which would result in a reduction of properties.

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Nolla Silver Polymer: Crystal-clear liquid polymer contains 7,500 to 120,000 ppm of active silver and is highly effective against viruses, bacteria and fungi.

A Finnish company has developed an antimicrobial technology designed to eradicate highly resistant and dangerous pathogens, including the top five on the World Health Organization’s list of dangerous bacteria.

The new Nolla technology is also applicable for fiber coating, explained Jyri Nieminen, chief executive officer of Nolla Antimicrobial.

The technology is based on ionic silver, which is the most potent antimicrobial form of silver. An intelligent polymer carrier is used to preserve and deliver the silver ions.

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Dave Rousse is president of INDA

IDEA19 will bring thousands of thought leaders in the nonwovens industry together for four days of training, exhibits and special programs, March 25-28, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Image courtesy of INDA.)

Q: IDEA is returning to Miami Beach this year.  How do you feel about that and what are some of the key features of IDEA19 that attendees should not miss?

A: We are delighted to be going back to Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Convention Center. This venue is ideally suited for our event, as the floor size and newly renovated meeting rooms are just what our exhibitors are looking for.  We occupy the entire site. 

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Lenzing’s Tencel is receptive to special denim finishing techniques, allowing for advanced softness and drape, and for designers to develop articles for high fashion collections.

Jürgen Eizinger will succeed Wolfgang Plasser as Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens from March 1, 2019 onwards. Wolfgang Plasser will assume new role as lead of Global Quality Management (QM) & Technical Customer Service (TCS) to drive Lenzing’s quality control advancement and strategies on March 1, 2019. Lenzing strengthens commitment to robust customer-driven …

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Stretch in denim jeans has been pioneered by Invista’s Lycra.

Global demand for resilient flooring is forecast to rise 3.9% per year to 3.7 billion square meters in 2022, outpacing growth for nonresilient flooring. Vinyl products – particularly LVT – are expected to gain market share, continuing the 2012-2017 trend. These and other trends are presented in Global Flooring, a new study from The Freedonia …

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