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COVID-19 adds urgency in the move toward technology with remote capability

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Global perspectives on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from COVID-19

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No alternatives to synthetics and single-use in the fight against COVID-19

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading worldwide, International Fiber Journal is tracking stories relevant to the textile fiber industry. Facemasks, personal protective equipment, medical supplies and wipes are among the fiber-intensive technologies particularly relevant to the COVID-19 response effort. And as manufacturers of these technologies and others struggle to meet global demand in the face of the …

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Oerlikon digitizing technologies

For the past few years now, Industry 4.0 concepts have been introduced by the leading European suppliers of technologies for the production of synthetic fibers and nonwovens. In 2020, some of these new ideas have been tested to the full. Most notably, remote support services to customers have not just been in demand, but proved …

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SUKANO’s antiviral masterbatch technology can provide protection for PPE items like facemasks

Many viruses have been shown to survive on surfaces, including metal, cardboard and plastic. However, plastic items can be treated to trap and inhibit the replication of viruses. Sukano has developed Antiviral Masterbatches for PET and PA fibers that have a strong antiviral effect on the plastic parts, while also potentially helping to reduce waste …

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Nonwoven fiber production facility

In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the supply chain challenges this global emergency has presented for the manufacture of critical nonwoven-intensive products, such as personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, hair covers, shoe covers, etc.) and wipes of various kinds, IFJ reached out to leading nonwoven industry associations in China, Europe and North …

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Reicofil testing lines at its technology center in Troisdorf, Germany, producing emergency meltblown

With shortages of PPE constantly making headlines over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized, more than ever, the world’s current reliance on synthetic polymers and fibers in single-use disposables. Where will this leave initiatives to develop more sustainable fibers and encourage longer lasting products, with the end goal of eventually achieving a …

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