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Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business, Lenzing AG

Lenzing Group, a global company headquartered in Austria, is a leading player in the world of cellulose fibers. For its partners in the textile and nonwovens industries, Lenzing’s cellulose fibers are the starting point for value creation, and the company is particularly focused on sustainability these days. It’s a long way from the forest to …

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Fibrillated cellulose – branded as Valida – is a 100% natural and bio-based material sourced from Sappi’s owned, sustainably managed forests. Photo courtesy of Sappi Europe

The challenge will be to achieve a balance between ongoing capacity expansion and rising demand The global fiber industry is facing unprecedented sustainability challenges. Issues such as a rising population, climate change, water scarcity, land use (food vs. fiber), deforestation and loss of biodiversity, plastic waste and marine pollution have combined to question the long-term …

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HeiQ AeoniQ sustainable filament yarn

Significant collapse in 2020 demand across the globe has affected global yarn manufacturing that fell 4%, with filaments weathering tough conditions surprisingly well, while spun yarns suffered from an above-average decrease, indicated by around 3 million tonnes downwardly revised cotton use shortly after the WHO declared a pandemic. The filament industry has typically produced above-average …

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Solid-state lithium battery cell with cathode, anode and separator layer, typical of the battery type currently employed for electric vehicles. iStock/Black_Kira

Battery separators are vital to the function and performance of batteries. Fibers play a significant role as the base component of a nonwoven membrane that acts as an electronically isolating layer between cathodes and anodes in a battery. These fibers require insolating properties, high mechanical strength, as well as electrochemical insulating properties. The type of …

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Škoda Auto is collaborating with the Technical University of Liberec on the research and development of sustainable materials. Photo courtesy of Škoda Auto

Faced with unprecedented levels of disruption and innovation, technological advances are impacting all segments of the vehicle industry, particularly interiors. Despite ongoing setbacks due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a shortage of semiconductors and higher raw material, energy and transport costs, automakers have continued to develop their visions of the future – and …

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