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Gaston College gets the green light to build state-of-the-art Fiber Innovation Center

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Cellulose fibers at forefront in race to replace plastic

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Top technologies for the processing of high-performance fibers

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Lenzing’s Veocel brand introduced its carbon-neutral lyocell fibers for the nonwoven industry. Partnered with the Natural Capital Partners, Lenzing produces the lyocell fiber using high production efficiencies, renewable energy sources, low-carbon materials and an external nature-based carbon removal project. The fibers will be certified CarbonNeutral with a net-zero carbon footprint according to the CarbonNeutral Protocol, …

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Fiber Innovations Center, Gaston College

In 1941, the North Carolina Textile School was established by an act of legislation, and it officially opened in 1943 with a series of classes including weaving, spinning, knitting and equipment maintenance. The school awarded its first diploma in 1945, and it established the first Associate Degree Program in Textile Manufacturing Technology in 1971. In …

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Manmade cellulosic fibers

As a result of growing environmental awareness, forthcoming bans on single-use plastic products, especially in Europe, and restrictions and labeling for products containing plastic fibers, the demand for cellulose-based solutions appears promising. The market and especially retailers are looking for sustainable and renewable alternatives to oil-based synthetic fibers, which still account for more than 60% …

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High-strength fibers like Dyneema has resulted in ropes that have 75% less weight

The textile machinery branch of Germany’s VDMA, the Frankfurt-headquartered mechanical engineering industry association, held a series of webinars showcasing the technologies of some 30 of its members between June and December 2020. Understandably, many of them concerned the sudden demand for facemasks and PPE last year – in which meltblown polypropylene microfibers proved such a …

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Palette of natural fibers

Once upon a time there were only natural fibers; in fact that is not very long ago! That said, synthetic fibers, such as polyester and nylon have been around since the 1930s, and in the 1980s synthetic fibers started surpassing natural fibers in marketshare. Most synthetic fibers were developed from their early conception to mimic …

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