Textile Technology section
Teijin Frontier: oil absorbents to support recovery from Mauritius oil spill
To deal with the heavy oil spill caused by the running aground of the cargo ship Wakashio off the shore of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, will donate its high-performance oil adsorbent sheet to the Government of the Republic of Mauritius. Through Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Minato/Japan, 500 kg of this oil adsorbent sheet will be provided, an amount which will allow approx. 10 tons of oil to be adsorbed.
Made of polypropylene fiber nonwovens, Teijin Frontier’s high-performance oil adsorbent sheet can adsorb up to around 20 times its own weight in oil. It is hard to tear and can also be used for wiping off oil deposits.
By means of this donation the Teijin Group will contribute to the area’s recovery from marine pollution and will continue to tackle a range of environmental challenges.
Edana: discussion on a circular economy for nonwovens
With over 100 delegates in attendance, the 1st edition of the new Circular Nonwovens Forum, held on October 13, 2020, successfully created a new platform for discussion on sustainability and circularity within the nonwovens sector.
Hosted as an online event by the association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, the forum opened with a keynote speech from Paola Migliorini, the Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption on the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Action plan. It was followed by a range of insightful presentations and discussions covering initiatives to address the circularity of AHP plastic waste, the biodegradability and compostability of nonwovens, material innovations, and developments in renewable polypropylene. The presentations were followed by well attended breakout sessions allowing for participants to engage with the speakers.
This forum is planned to be held annually with the next edition scheduled to be held in Brussels in September 2021.
Freudenberg: meltblown nonwovens capacity expanded
The producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, is expanding its production capacity for nonwoven media used exclusively to manufacture certified face masks of the mouth-nose protection type pursuant to the EN14683 standard, as well as FFP1, 2 and 3 masks pursuant to the EN149 standard. The media are specially developed for and sold to the medical technology processing industry.
To that end, Freudenberg is investing in the construction of a new state-of-the-art meltblown production line at the Kaiserslautern site. Commissioning of the new plant is slated for the first quarter (Q1) of 2021.
Freudenberg produces meltblown nonwovens from extremely fine meltspun polypropylene microfibers. Masks made of these nonwovens can filter very small particles such as viruses thanks to the superfine structure of the material and its electrostatic charge.