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The Fiber Year 2021 – Executive Fiber Summary

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Don’t make these mistakes when you sell your business

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New SUPD guidance calls biopolymers ‘plastic’; yet PHA, PLA stakeholders remain optimistic for the long term

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Lenzing Tencel Veocel Plant

Work for The Fiber Year 2021 is still in full swing when writing this article in early May, but essential findings are becoming apparent: 1.) supply surprisingly robust 2.) demand dropping at double-digit rate 3.) massive investments for fiber specialties 1. Supply surprisingly robust The pandemic pummeled the international fashion industry and most textile-related applications. …

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A focused-ion beam cross-section of CNT fiber

Lauren Taylor and Oliver Dewey are pursuing doctorate degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University where they study the processing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into high-performance fiber. Lauren’s research interests also include purification of CNTs for dissolution into chlorosulfonic acid (CSA) and application of CNT fibers for wearable textiles. She became interested in …

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Business dealing: Do I sell or do I grow?

The textile fiber industry is changing, and standing still is not an option. Business owners must choose between several financial paths, including investment in growth, M&A activity and cashing in. In the ongoing global response to COVID-19, the textile fiber industry is front and center. This is the perfect time for business owners to make …

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Deja Carbon Neutral Pellet

Indorama Ventures PCL is expanding its portfolio of sustainable solutions under its Deja brand with its new Deja Carbon Neutral PET pellet. The latest innovation under IVL’s Deja global brand, this offering is the world’s first certified carbon neutral PET pellet solution, according to the company. The Deja portfolio includes sustainable PET, rPET, polymer and fiber range …

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Access to shipping containers

As if COVID lockdowns and their implications for supply and demand were not challenging enough, every stage of the nonwovens supply chain from resin through end-customer is wrestling with a global ocean shipping crisis that is forcing many to make changes in how they do business – often at significant cost in terms of additional …

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