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Previewing The Fiber Year 2020

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Bicomponent fiber – get more than 2x

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A strange brew – genetically engineered polymeric fibers

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Close-up of 3d Teflon molecule model

The history and evolution of “the forever molecule” is both revolutionary and fortuitous.  Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, was discovered completely by accident on April 6th, 1938 by a DuPont Chemist, Dr. Roy Plunkett, while he was conducting research on chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants. Its first broad commercial use was non-stick cookware in 1960. PTFE has since evolved and is utilized in an extensive array of products that take advantage of its unique properties.

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On Monday April 9, 2018, speciality fibers manufacturer Kelheim Fibres produced their 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibers! The “jubilee ton“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fiber – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner: “This speciality fiber is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars …

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Meraklon fibers for feminine care products and wipes.

Beaulieu Fibres International is continuing to strengthen its position as a global supplier of polyolefin fibers. Large investments in fiber production is an important driver ensuring it can meet future challenges and customers’ needs. Since the acquisition of Meraklon four years ago, the product portfolio has been broadened significantly to better serve market needs. Several investments were made to offer trilobal shaped mono polypropylene (Mono PP) fibers and bicomponent (BICO) fiber with a PP core and polyethylene (PE) sheath.

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Migdal Haemek, Israel – NILIT, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of nylon textile fibers, continues to introduce Sensil®, its new premium Nylon 6.6 brand, to the apparel industry at Intertextile Shanghai, 11-13 October, Hall 5.2 Stand 5.2 C-95. NILIT will feature a beautiful, exquisitely designed Sensil fabric and garment collection that illustrates why Sensil is …

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Olea viscose fiber with intrinsic water-repellent properties from Kelheim Fibres

By Geoff Fisher, European Editor

Over the past four decades the German/European manmade fiber industry has weathered many critical situations and has managed to survive. A key reason has been its ability to develop innovation and change management strategies.

Fiber producers are affected by global megatrends such as technological breakthroughs and demographic shifts on the one hand, and increasing protectionism affecting business worldwide on the other.

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